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Environmental Information Network (EIN), Inc. Collection

 Collection
Identifier: COU:1373

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the nonprofit work of the Environmental Information Network. A preliminary survey has been done of the materials and indicates that the collection includes scientific reports from the EPA, DOE, and Health Advisory Panel (HAP) as well as numerous other independent scientific panels regarding the closure of Rocky Flats and the cleanup of its grounds. Other materials include magazines, newspaper clippings, personal and business correspondence, books, and legal cases. Collection unprocessed.

Dates

  • 1986 - 2006

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Note

Formed in 1991, the Environmental Information Network grew out of the combined efforts of the leaders of three other organizations: Concerned Health Technicians for a Cleaner Colorado, Committee Against Radiotoxic Pollution, Networking Colorado, and a Health, Safety and Environmental Regulatory Compliance Specialist from National Jewish Research Center, now at RAMP Industries. Its purpose is to conduct extensive document research, analysis and testimonies from combined experience into a broad-based network for organizing in communities, and direct actions.

This collection focuses mainly on EIN’s involvement with the shut down and clean up of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility (RFP). EIN was mainly concerned in the plant’s operations, unusual occurrences/accident investigations, proposed projects, remediation, and oversight committee safety issue testimonies.

From the Information File on EIN at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries Archives:

“EIN has spen[t] significant resources on hazardous/mixed waste issues with the Colorado Department of Health (CDH) (Part B permits, RCRA permit modifications, HAZWASTE CDH committee), CDH Rocky Flats Dose Reconstruction Project (significant hands-on collaboration) have impacted that project significantly. CDH has solicited input from EIN to preview and edit articles for the CDH Dose Reconstruction Project newsletter, and the associated slide presentation.

“The ChemRisk Historical Release Document for the RFP Dose Reconstruction Project has undergone extensive revision in part from several detailed report critiques/reviews submitted by EIN. The Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety and Defense Nuclear Safety board has both commended EIN directors for their extensive and technical citizen testimony as compelling them to have cause to recommend the decommissioning of the Rocky Flats Plant (RFP).

“The Jefferson County Open Space/Development has been another significant EIN commitment, with emphasis on watchdogging of development of open space to near [sic] the RFP for recreational use that would include children being placed immediately downwind from the worst ‘hot spot’ of releases at the RFP. We have successfully testified to the Jefferson County Open Space Council, asking that they delay these plans until environmental assessment and clean up projects are completed. EIN has met with the Colorado Department of Health Board of Directors to obtain additional funding for the Radiation Control division for enhanced monitoring of this critical downwind area.

“EIN is currently involved with community organizing around the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) to help stop the incineration plans for chemical warfare agents/by products and pesticides by the Army and Shell Oil.

“Other organizations EIN has collaborated/worked with are as follows: “Rocky Flats Cleanup Commission (RFCC), Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Rocky Mountain Peace Center, American Friends Service Committee, Citizens Against Rocky Flats Contamination, Colorado Environmental Coalition, Montbello United Neighbors, Far Northeast Neighbors, Northern Airport Corridor Association, Greater Park Hill Coalition, Concerned Citizens of Montbello, Colorado Pesticides Network, League of Women Voters, Colorado Atomic/Agent Orange Veterans, Don’t Waste Colorado, Concrete Facts, Rocky Flats Alliance, Greenpeace, and multiple media sources (T.V., Radio, Print).”

Extent

133.5 linear feet (91 Boxes)

Overview

Environmental Information Network, Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed to evaluate and disseminate information regarding radiotoxic and hazardous waste issues for public education. EIN was involved in 14 years of research on the Rocky Plants Nuclear Weapons Facility, starting in 1986, mostly dealing with CEARP, CERCLA, and RCRA hazardous and radioactive waste. They coordinated technical testimony regarding spills, releases, and impacts from the RF site for numerous Federal committees urging closure and cleanup. They were instrumental in convincing these scientists that Rocky Flats was too dangerous to allow it to remain open.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in original order in which we attained it from the donor, with a box level inventory list.

Custodial History

From the Archives of Environmental Information Network (EIN), Inc, Lakewood, CO; pjelofson@gmail.com, susandhurst@aol.com, 303-233-6677

The EIN is interested in data about who is accessing their collection and what parts are most useful. If you wish to provide this information, please contact them using the information above.
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Jeffrey Wermer, October 2013. Finding Aid transcribed by Katelyn Morken, July 2018.
Date
October 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Repository

Contact:
1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80309-0184