|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sun, 12 Oct 2008 22:33:56 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] CLEANUP: Kansas City Plant (MO) - non-nuclear components for nuclear weapons|
Suit Challenges Legality of Proposed Kansas City Nuclear Weapons PlantFederal agencies charged with evading cleanup of existing site while pursuing illegal "third-party" financing for new bomb plant
Kansas City infoZine October 11, 2008Washington, D.C. - infoZine - A coalition of environmental and peace organizations asked a federal court in Washington, D.C. to set aside plans for a new nuclear weapons plant and direct the agencies to prepare a new environmental analysis of site-cleanup and relocation alternatives for the existing Kansas City Plant (KCP). The lawsuit was filed in response to a joint refusal by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to consider the significant environmental impacts of moving a critical nuclear weapon production facility to a new location.
For more than fifty years the Department of Energy (DOE) has used the current KCP - located in the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, Missouri - to manufacture and procure the non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons, which comprise approximately 85% of the total parts in each weapon. The suit alleges that decades of DOE activities at the KCP have generated significant amounts of hazardous contamination that must be properly treated and remediated to protect the local environment, especially groundwater. The KCP is located in a flood plain at the confluence of Indian Creek and the Blue River, and the plant's southern boundary has to be protected by a flood wall. Fish in the area are so full of polychlorinated biphenyls ("PCBs") from the plant that the State of Missouri warns fisherman not to eat them.
... For the entire article, see http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/31283/ -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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