KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas City's congressional delegation issued a strongly worded letter Tuesday calling on GSA Administrator Martha Johnson to "identify those responsible for the lax safety culture at the Bannister complex."
Click here to read the congressional letter obtained by NBC Action News.
Despite three weeks of phone calls and e-mails to GSA media contacts requesting an interview with Administrator Martha Johnson about the GSA Death List and health concerns, Johnson, an appointee of President Barack Obama, has not responded to NBC Action News.
To see our entire investigation into the GSA Death List and toxins at the complex, click here.
If you're a sick former worker, report your health concerns to NBC Action News by clicking here .
GSA employees "failed"
The letter, which was signed by Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo,) Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), states a recent Inspector General investigation “revealed a culture of lax oversight and inadequate environmental management on the part of the GSA and Public Building Service employees.
The congressional letter tells GSA Administrator Martha Johnson, “the report makes clear that GSA employees failed to ensure and maintain a safe working environment for employees and tenants.”
The letter demands action and calls on Administrator Johnson to “identify those responsible” and “take the appropriate steps to to hold those accountable.
GSA Administrator keeps same officials in charge
Under Johnson, all high level officials in charge at the time when the agency denied knowledge of the GSA Death List remain in their posts.
According to e-mails obtained by NBC Action News, GSA Regional Commissioner Mary Ruwwe obtained the GSA Death List in August 2009, three months before our investigation began.
Ruwwe continued to deny knowledge of the GSA death list until NBC Action News revealed a Freedom of Information Act request had uncovered an e-mail where Ruwwe forwarded the Death List to high ranking officials in Washington.
The Inspector General investigation indicated no one at the agency investigated the Death List until after the probe initiated by NBC Action News.
Martha Johnson does not respond to interview request about GSA Death List
After NBC Action News forwarded Martha Johnson interview requests to the offices of Bond, McCaskill, Cleaver, and the White House, GSA spokesman Sahar Wali sent an e-mail asking for a written list of questions.
“As you know from our previous conversations GSA's DC office is working closely with the region on this issue and we continue to monitor the situation closely,” Wali wrote. "Can you please be more specific with your questions?
NBC Action News provided a long list of topics, but GSA officials have not responded.
Martha Johnson has made no public statement on the GSA Death List or on the Inspector General’s investigation which stated the GSA misled employee about health concerns at the complex. The GSA shares the Bannister Federal Complex with Honeywell which makes non-nuclear parts for nuclear bombs.
More than 400 sick or dead workers listed on NBC Action News registry
NBC Action News has identified more than a hundred deaths involving cancers, breathing disorders, and other ailments that family members or colleagues suspect are linked to toxins at the facility.
A total of over 400 sick or dead workers are documented on the NBC Action News registry by workers or, in the case of the dead, relatives, who suspect the ailments stemmed from environmental toxins at the Bannister Federal Complex.
The Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting independent investigation.
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