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PLAN TO FIX TROUBLES UNVEILED AT ROCKY FLATS N-ARMS PLANT

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Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant executives on Tuesday unveiled a five-year, $150 million plan to correct environmental and management prob-lems at the plant.

In announcing the plan, Bob Nelson, the Department of Energy's Rocky Flats manager, said the plant, shut since last November because of safety concerns, wouldn't resume plutonium production for several months."There are still a lot of things that need to be fixed. It's (a restart) months away rather than weeks away. Other than that, I can't say," Nelson told reporters.

The government-financed clean-up plan addresses 92 findings by Energy Secretary James D. Watkins' so-called "Tiger Team" that inspected the plant outside Denver last summer.

The problems ranged from lack of a single on-site environmental executive to paving of a parking lot, apparently to reduce wind-blown dust from the plant that manufactures plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons.

Dave Simonson, DOE's deputy plant manager, said 55 of the findings by the Tiger Team will be corrected by the end of the year.

Among the complaints are that soil and groundwater are contaminated and that sewage treatment plant is contaminated with hazardous - though not radioactive - waste. Residents fear that contaminated water from the sewage treatment plant has seeped into their groundwater supplies.