Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of May 4, 2009

Frazer Lockhart

Former Federal Project Director of the Rocky Flats cleanup project, United States Department of Energy

When the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver was designated as a Superfund site, it was estimated to take seventy years and nearly $40 billion to clean it up.  Many advocated a permanent quarantine of the site, arguing that its rehabilitation was not worth the cost.  Frazer Lockhart took charge of the cleanup effort in 1995 and finished the job in ten years, spending only $7 billion.  Today, ninety-five percent of the original site has been de-listed from the Superfund and will be set aside as a 6,200 acre wildlife refuge.  Frazer’s sound management and perseverance led to the first-ever cleanup of a former nuclear weapons facility – not only sixty years ahead of schedule but also $30 billion under budget.

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Frazer Lockhart HERE

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