Rocky Flats Citizens Advisory Board

The Rocky Flats Citizens Advisory Board was founded in October 1993 and completed its work in June 2006.  Members on the Board were all volunteer community members interested in the cleanup and closure of the Rocky Flats site.  Community interests represented on the Board included academia, Rocky Flats neighbors, business, Rocky Flats workers, local governments, environmental and peace groups, and technical specialists.  A total of 83 persons served on the Board for varying amounts of time during its 13 years of operation.

The Board’s mission statement was as follows: 

"The Rocky Flats Citizens Advisory Board, a nonpartisan, broadly representative, independent advisory board with concerns related to Rocky Flats activities, is dedicated to providing informed recommendations and advice to the agencies (Department of Energy, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency), government entities, and other interested parties on policy and technical issues and decisions related to cleanup, waste management, and associated activities.  The Board is dedicated to public involvement, awareness, and education on Rocky Flats issues.”

The Board was organized as a non-profit corporation and was funded entirely through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.  The Board also was part of the Environmental Management Site Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), a national organization of local advisory boards at other Department of Energy nuclear weapons manufacturing facilities across the country.  The EM SSAB and each of the local advisory boards were official Federal Advisory Committees to the Department of Energy.

During its 13 years of operation, the Board forwarded 117 consensus recommendations to the Department of Energy and the regulatory agencies overseeing the cleanup at Rocky Flats.  These recommendations ranged from broad policy statements to very specific comments on various cleanup proposals or plans for the Rocky Flats site.  As noted in its mission statement, the Board also conducted an extensive public outreach and education program that included a website, a quarterly newsletter, a speaker’s bureau, numerous fact sheets, community workshops, and open public meetings.

A more thorough description of the Board’s operations, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future can be found by reading, Our Legacy Report to the Community, that was published to commemorate the Board’s closure in 2006.