Judge won't bar public from Rocky Flats

In this Oct. 13, 2005, file photo, deer cross a road stripped of its asphalt at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant near Golden. Attorneys say they reached a $375 million settlement late Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in a legal battle between the operators of the former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver and thousands of homeowners who said plutonium releases from the plant hurt their property values. It must still be approved by a federal judge, and it could take months to set up a process for homeowners to file claims. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)

DENVER — Colorado’s largest school district has banned students from taking school-sanctioned field trips to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the former nuclear weapons manufacturing site.

The Denver Public Schools board on Thursday brought forward a resolution forbidding its nearly 100,000 students from taking trips to the site — which sits 16 miles northwest of Denver — saying it is too much of a risk for visiting schoolchildren.

Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District passed similar resolutions last year, while superintendents at Adams 12 Five Star, Adams 14, Westminster Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools have issued directives forbidding field trips to Rocky Flats.

The refuge is scheduled to open to the public this summer, although no firm date has been announced.

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