Rocky Flats Reaches $375 Million Settlement

DENVER (CBS4) – A 27-year-long legal fight with the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant has finally come to an end with a $375 million settlement.

The class action lawsuit was filed 27 years ago against Dow Chemical and Rockwell International. It’s one of the longest running cases in the United States and many of the 15,000 people involved in the lawsuit have passed away.

United States Department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado (file photo credit: CBS)

United States Department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado (file photo credit: CBS)

Those entitled to a portion of the settlement must have owned property near the former site as of June 7, 1989. That’s when the FBI raided the plant and found plutonium releases.

Rocky Flats (credit: CBS)

Rocky Flats (credit: CBS)

The money is compensation for chemical and radioactive material produced at the plant that is said to have impacted property values in the area.

Kathleen Genoff owned a condo in the impacted area. Of the total amount, Genoff believes her share could be as much as $12,000.

United States Department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado (file photo credit: CBS)

United States Department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado (file photo credit: CBS)

“I never expected to live long enough to see a settlement,” said Genoff.

The lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Merill Davidoff, said the individual settlements vary. The amounts are based on individual property values at the time of the raid in June 1989.

Rocky Flats Settlement TOUCH MAP.

Davidoff said the most any of the plaintiffs will be awarded is around $20,000. The settlement does not include any compensation for health issues because there have not been any conclusive links.

Genoff hopes that will come later but for the time being, the settlement brings some satisfaction.

United States Department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado (file photo credit: CBS)

United States Department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado (file photo credit: CBS)

“I think the important thing is that the government finally acknowledges that they had an impact on the local community. I wish that they would acknowledge that there is a health impact, too. I’m more concerned about the long-term health ramifications of the plant out there,” said Genoff.

kathy genoff Rocky Flats Reaches $375 Million Settlement

Kathy Genoff (credit: CBS)

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  1. It’s now Oct. 2, 2017. I was told by someone over the phone in Sept. we would receive our settlement in Sept. What is going on now!!!!!

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