Public sounds off on Bannister Federal Complex as DNR considers hazardous waste cleanup plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The public sounded off Tuesday night about contamination concerns at the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, Mo.

The facility has been linked to a large number of sick and dead workers in an ongoing 41 Action News investigation that has spanned more than two years.

Just a few dozen people showed up to discuss a hazardous waste permit modification request.  Before any cleanup work begins at the site, the Missouri department of natural resources wants to know if there are any other contamination concerns.

"GSA and DOE are already undergoing some environmental investigation on this site," said Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources spokesperson Renee Bungart.  "This permit modification would expand that investigation to look at other areas of the site, to see if there are other clean ups that need to be incorporated into the final remedy."

Environmental activists were concerned about the small turnout Tuesday night.

"You can see that hardly anyone is here at the hearing.  Mostly officials," said Ann Suellentrop with Physicians for Social Responsibility.  "So I'm concerned that the public isn't aware."

Neighbors and concerned citizens can forward their comments and concerns to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through May 29 by visiting the agency's website at www.dnr.mo.gov

No decision will be made until June.

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