KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Despite two troubling toxins identified in other tests inside
the General Services Administration side of the Bannister Federal
Complex, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report
saying a second round of tests has identified no health
An EPA official said technicians did not test for beryllium or
uranium which have both been found in trace amounts on GSA property
according to tests uncovered by our investigation.
“Our managers have not seen anything that talks about
depleted uranium,” said EPA Spokesman David Bryan.
“We've heard your report of it, but nothing that shows it's
Bryan said the EPA did not test for the toxic metals, but that
could change as the agency plans future sampling.
Bryan said the EPA is aware of the GSA reports uncovered by our
investigation indicating trace levels of beryllium had been found
on the GSA side of the complex during a 2002 test.
“Anytime we have reports of something like beryllium,
we are going to work with GSA to probably investigate that,”
Bryan said. “It is just a matter of putting that into the
environmental work plan.”
Although this round of tests didn’t identify health risks,
government officials acknowledge toxins below the building.
The complex is currently being reviewed for National Priorities
List Superfund status.
“Indoor air samples showed no indication of health
concerns related to volatile organic compounds,” an EPA news
release said. “Results of the related sampling do not
indicate migration of any vapors from beneath the building that
would pose health risks.”
EPA technicians collected the latest samples at the daycare in
the Bannister complex and in nearby offices, but the agency still
hasn’t tested other areas.
“EPA expects to conduct groundwater sampling, soil gas
sampling, and soil sampling around the two buildings in July as
part of an agreement between EPA and GSA,” the statement
said. “Additionally, two more rounds of air testing will be
conducted before the end of the year as part of the comprehensive
testing plan at these buildings.”
The tests and Superfund reevaluation come in response to our
seven month long investigation that has identified 785-known toxins
at the facility and hundreds of sick workers, many of them
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