I am disappointed that your article on the proposed new nuclear weapons plant near Kansas City ignored several important issues (10/25, Business, “Weapons plant moves ahead; A federal agency OKs a plan near the old Richards-Gebaur airport site”).
If the Bannister Road facility is decommissioned, what will happen to that heavily contaminated site and who will pay for the cleanup? Why is a government agency working on something as sensitive as nuclear weapons components relying on a private business? How is this private funding scheme skirting congressional oversight? Most important, does the U.S. need to be upgrading our nuclear capabilities while insisting that other nations abandon nuclear weapons programs?
I was at the Kansas City plant last week. The program managers there were proud of their workers and their facility, which they said they could produce “anything.” Many of us in Kansas City would prefer to see this world-class facility produce almost anything but parts for nuclear weapons.
Kansas City, Kan.