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Demonstrators Protest At Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge As Trails Open

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - Activists stood outside the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge West Gate entrance in protest of trails on the property which opened to the public on Saturday.

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The activists want to see more testing down on the land and disagree with the federal government which says the land is safe for public use.

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One protester dressed in a hazardous material suit as part of the demonstration.

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On Friday, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke stopped the opening for a brief time while he could review safety concerns. About an hour later, Zinke reversed the delay and gave the green light to open the trails as planned.

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Rocky Flats, which is located between Boulder and Golden in Jefferson County, was the site of a government plant that manufactured plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs from 1952 until 1989.

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