KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Inspector
General’s office of the General Services Administration has
launched a new probe into health concerns at the Bannister Federal
Complex according to a spokesperson for Senator Kit Bond (R –
Bond called for an investigation after we uncovered documents
indicating GSA officials knew about cancer fears amongst employees
while officials were denying such knowledge.
“The Senator told the IG that he got wind of this story
because of your work and the IG is extremely interested in the
materials the Senator told them about,” Bond’s
spokesperson Shana Marchio send in an e-mail to me.
Our investigation identified dozens of sick and dead workers
from the GSA side of the federal complex and a government database
that lists more than 1400 toxin related claims from workers at the
nearby Kansas City Plant.
Spokespersons from both sides of the complex maintain the
facility has documented safe working conditions.
The Office of the Inspector General is an independent
internal affairs agency responsible for investigating
accountability and integrity issues within the GSA.
The agency “is coordinating with other investigative
arms of the government,” Marchio said.
The Inspector General’s office has not returned my
Bond’s office says the Senator also met with a high
level GSA official Monday to inquire about the worker fears.
“The Senator found GSA's answers on workers' health
concerns unsatisfactory - unfortunately that was not a surprise
considering their track record,” Marchio said.
A GSA spokesman did not immediately reply to my request for
Tuesday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural
Center, former workers of the Kansas City Plant are holding a
meeting to discuss toxic contamination and health concerns.
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