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The federal government has failed to act on information that could help sick and dying Rocky Flats workers - or their survivors, the Rocky Mountain News has learned
DENVER - A judge has ruled that grand jury testimony from an investigation into possible environmental crimes at the old Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant should remain secret, rejecting a request from most of the former grand jurors.
In a letter to the Government Accountability Office last week, a bipartisan group of senators asked for an investigation, citing a recent report in the Rocky Mountain News that detailed "a pattern of ongoing decisions and rule changes within the 8-year-old program that consistently made it more difficult for sick and dying workers - or their survivors - to be compensated."
Federal agencies are established to serve the taxpayer and be accountable to them for decisions regarding programs within an agency's responsibility," the Colorado congressmen wrote. "It is simply not acceptable to not respond to requests to explain decisions made regarding this program . . . The people who toiled in dangerous conditions at the facilities to help secure our nation deserve no less."
"Instead, DOL chooses to shoot the messenger and this is unacceptable."