Bannister Federal Complex officials announce oversight panel selection process

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Federal agencies in charge of toxin investigations at the Bannister Federal Complex have announced the search for community members to create of an independent oversight panel.

The Community Advisory Panel (CAP) will address the government’s response to toxins and hundreds of sick former workers at Bannister identified in an NBC Action News investigation.

A government statement said the CAP will also address the redevelopment plans for reuse of the complex when current government tenants depart for new facilities.

“As we look to the future of Bannister and how it can continue to be a valuable asset to South Kansas City, the CAP will play a very important role in helping shape that future,” said Jason Klumb, General Services Administration Regional Administrator, in a statement.

According to a government statement, the GSA and the Environmental Protection Agency will provide resources to the independent council which will be appointed by elected officials, community groups, and federal and Honeywell union representatives.

Honeywell produces parts for nuclear bombs under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy at the Bannister Federal Complex.

A GSA spokesman said requests for nominations were sent to U.S. Senators Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, State Senators Jolie Justus and Yvonne Wilson, State Rep. Jason Holsman, and Kansas City Council members Cathy Jolly and John A. Sharp.

In addition to elected and union officials, the statement said letters were also sent to the GSA Tenant Board and economic development authorities.

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