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 Refuge Roundup 2007 

Offers Free Celebration of Western Heritage

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o experience Colorado as it once was, you don’t “This year, we really wanted to capture the spectrum of
need a time machine. Refuge Roundup 2007 will our Western heritage,” said Supervisory Park Ranger Sherry
transport you back James of the U.S. Fish and
to the 19th century,
where buffalo
Wildlife Service.
“Whether it’s letting kids I N S I D E
roamed, pioneers create some genuine
braved the frontier and beaded American Indian
American Indians hunted on headbands, or showing I Refuge Roundup 2007
the plains. everyone how the
This free event takes settlers built houses out
place on Oct. 13 from noon to of sod, there will truly be

Photo: Rich Keen/DPRA Inc.


6 p.m. at the Refuge. Visitors something for
can stop by to enjoy story- everyone.”

Photo Rich Keen/DPRA Inc.


telling, hiking, hayrides, bison Refuge Roundup 2007
chip toss contests, bison tours occurs on the last fishing
and performances by the weekend of the year, and
Denver Indian Singers and anglers can enjoy free
Dancers and others. Children will also learn beadwork and catch-and-release fishing that day, as well as watch
have an opportunity to create sodhouse ornaments and
animal-track bandanas.
demonstrations from the experts at Bass Pro Shop.
“We are also pleased to announce that
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Dave Showalter, one of the finest Western photographers Named One of Nation’s Safest Workplaces

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around and a volunteer at the Refuge, will be signing copies he Rocky Mountain Arsenal recently solidified its record as a national
of his book,” James said. Showalter’s book, “Prairie Thunder,” leader in workplace safety by earning four awards from the Occupational
includes nature and wildlife photographs taken at the Safety and Health Administration.

Photo DPRA Inc.


Rocky Mountain Arsenal. The Arsenal’s environmental cleanup program is led by the U.S. Army
Visitors can participate in most activities at Refuge and Shell Oil Co. The site became the first Army installation in its region
to receive OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program Merit Status award. The
Roundup 2007 on a drop-in basis, meaning no prior
Army’s Program Management Contractor, Tetra Tech EC, and Shell’s
reservations are required. Because of limited space, contractor, Washington Group Intl., were recertified with Voluntary Protection
visitors must call the Visitor Center in advance at Program Star Status. One of Tetra Tech’s subcontractors at the Arsenal, Environmental
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303-289-0930 to save a spot on the hayrides and bison tours. Chemical Corp., also received Star Status.
Groups participating in Refuge Roundup 2007 are: Plains “The health and safety of our employees and neighbors remains our top
Former Stapleton Airport priority throughout Rocky Mountain Arsenal’s cleanup program,” said U.S. Army
Conservation Center, Mule Deer Foundation, Colorado I
Runways Find Reuse Program Manager Charlie Scharmann. “I want to congratulate
Division of Wildlife, Colorado Historical Society, Bass Pro
the employees and organizations for their exemplary safety
Shop, Denver Indian Singers and Dancers, and Ducks Former Basin F Soils Project performance and for continuing to make the Arsenal one of
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Visitors can also purchase a chuck wagon supper of chili The Arsenal became one of the first environmental cleanup sites in the country to
dogs, chips and a drink for $5. be honored with OSHA’s highest safety award, Voluntary Protection Program Star
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“This is a good chance for everyone to get out on our Status, when Tetra Tech EC Inc./Foster Wheeler was certified in 1999.
beautiful Refuge property and have a good old-fashioned day OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program recognizes outstanding efforts of
employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational health and
on the prairie,” James said.
safety. Each applicant selected for participation in the program undergoes a rigorous
The public entrance to the Refuge is at 56th and weeklong on-site evaluation by OSHA, which culminates in a report recommending
Photo: DPRA Inc.

Havana. For more information, call 303-289-0930, or visit Star or Merit status only for those companies with excellent health and safety
online at http://www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal/. programs. The average Voluntary Protection Program worksite has a lost workday
incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its industry.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal Community OSHA will present certificates and flags honoring the achievements at a special
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MILESTONES FALL 2007 ceremony this fall.
Five-Year Review Complete Former Basin F Soils Project Under Way

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he final cleanup project at the Arsenal Because the soils contain odorous materials, the project

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he Arsenal’s second Five-Year Review recently The public was encouraged to send comments about the involving the excavation of contaminated soils is using the same proven odor-control measures employed
concluded and confirmed that the overall Arsenal’s cleanup program as the review process began and began July 2007. for the Basin F Wastepile. That project was successfully
cleanup program remains protective of human to comment on the draft final report. Public comment The Former Basin F Soils project is located completed in June 2007 and had no community odor
health and the environment. periods were advertised in several local and metro in the northern portion of the site and complaints. The control measures include monitoring odors
The purpose of the review is to evaluate if newspapers, and the document was made available on the involves digging up contaminated soil and 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and using
relevant environmental standards have Arsenal’s Web site. Public comments with accompanying transporting it to one of the Arsenal’s on-site odor-suppressing foam and soil covers over the excavation
changed, whether the cleanup continues to be protective landfills. The work is expected to be complete in spring areas. Additionally, a meteorologist gathers weather data
responses are incorporated into the document before a final
2008. Once finished, crews will backfill the excavation from an on-site meteorological tower to predict weather
of public health and the environment and if it can be report is issued to the EPA for its concurrence. Once
areas with soil. During a future project, a protective cover conditions and air-mixing patterns. That data allows work to
expected to remain protective after completion of the finalized, the document will be available at the Arsenal’s will be constructed that includes a layer of crushed be scheduled during optimal conditions to ensure odors are
project. The review process includes a thorough Joint Administrative Record and Document Facility, EPA concrete to prevent burrowing animals from entering the not a nuisance to neighbors or employees.
document review, data evaluation, site inspections, records center at 1595 Wynkoop, and posted on the Web at area. The concrete layer will then be topped with four feet The Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado
technical assessments and employee interviews. Although www.rma.army.mil. of soil seeded with native plants and grasses. Department of Public Health and Environment, and
a few minor administrative and maintenance issues were Five-Year Reviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis This is the second and final project at the Former Tri-County Health Department continue to work with the
noted, those items do not affect the current or future at the Arsenal even after the environmental cleanup has Basin F site involving the excavation and removal of Arsenal to monitor operations. If you have any questions or
contaminated soils. The U.S. Army built Basin F in 1956 concerns about odors, please call Tri-County Health
protectiveness of the remedy and are already being concluded, as the cleanup program uses landfills and
primarily to store liquid wastes from the Army and Shell Oil Department’s 24-Hour Odor Response Line at
addressed. consolidation areas to hold contaminated waste on site. Co.’s manufacturing operations. The basin was 303-286-8032.
The Five-Year Review is a cooperative effort among the This Five-Year Review requirement gives assurance to the constructed with an asphalt liner to prevent waste from To learn more about the Former Basin F Soils project,
U.S. Army, Shell Oil Co., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, public that the cleanup always will be protective of public leaking into the ground, but the liner was not completely please call the Arsenal’s Public Relations Office at
Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of health and the environment. effective and soil and groundwater contamination 303-289-0136, or visit online at www.rma.army.mil.
Public Health and Environment, Tri-County Health The next review will begin in 2010. For more occurred.
Department and the public. information, please call the Public Relations Office at
303-289-0136.
Lime Basins Begins
Former Stapleton Airport Runways Find Reuse
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his summer, crews began

Hauling Shrinks Concrete Mountains


work on the Lime Basins
project, which involves
containing the basins in

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ver the next year, neighbors and commuters be placed on top, and the area will be reseeded with native place by isolating the waste
will begin to see the large concrete piles plants and grasses. from groundwater and
located near 56th Avenue and Havana Street The cover systems are using a RCRA-equivalent design, constructing a protective
shrink. The Arsenal is using much of the which means it has been proven to meet the same cover over the five-acre site.
material as part of cover systems that will be performance standards detailed in the federal Resource The project begins with the
permanently managed by the U.S. Army. The Conservation and Recovery Act. The Army and Shell installation of a 45-foot vertical barrier
cover systems will contain waste in place and Trenches, South Plants, Lime Basins, Basin F and Basin A will wall around the project’s perimeter.
prevent wildlife from burrowing into the area. use this protective cover system. When complete, the wall will extend
The concrete, which came from the old Stapleton The cover design takes advantage of Denver’s semi-arid into bedrock, preventing groundwater
Airport runways, is considered high-quality in that it has climate and uses the soil and vegetation to keep rain and from entering the basins. Next, crews
twice the compressive strength of concrete used for snow melt from moving into the waste. The cover’s soil layer will install a well that removes
constructing highways or buildings. Airport concrete is acts like a sponge and holds in moisture. The native plants groundwater from inside the barrier
exactly what the Arsenal needs for its cover system because and grasses naturally pump moisture out of the soil through wall. The groundwater will be treated at
the material is more resistant to aging and degradation. their root systems, where the moisture transpires into the one of the Arsenal’s water treatment
It will take approximately 10 months to transport and atmosphere. systems to meet state and federal water
place enough concrete for the 500-acre cover system. The entire cover construction is expected to be quality standards.
Because of the concrete’s close proximity to the Arsenal, Following the barrier wall instal-
completed by 2010. For more information, contact the
lation, a protective cover will be constructed over the area that includes a layer of crushed concrete to prevent burrowing
trucks are able to use a special entrance onto the Arsenal Arsenal’s Public Relations Office at 303-289-0136 or visit
animals from entering the basins and four feet of clean soil topped with native plants and grasses.
to haul the material without routing truck traffic onto 56th online at www.rma.army.mil.
The Lime Basins project is expected to be complete by spring 2008. To learn more about the project, please call the
Avenue. Once in place, four feet of plant-friendly soil will
Arsenal’s Public Relations Office at 303-289-0136, or visit online at www.rma.army.mil.

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