Sometimes It Takes a Cowboy

In the showdown at Rocky Flats, Rockwell and Uncle Sam face the grand jury that won't go away

IT SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFECT PLOT for a western. A bunch of ordinary citizens, led by a reluctant but idealistic cowboy, tries to see that justice is done -- but ends up in a showdown with some barons of Big Business. This story, though, takes place in the new West, and while the cowboy is real enough, the business in question is nothing so benign as a railroad monopoly or a cattle cartel. It is the Rockwell International Corp., former manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's infamous Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, 15 miles northwest of Denver.

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