Kevin Collison’s article on plans to build a new nuclear weapons parts plant in south Kansas City (12/18, Business, “Proposals for weapons plant in for review; Decision on which developer will build south Kansas City project is expected early next year”) raises important questions.
First, what’s the rush? President-elect Obama has pledged to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. If he makes progress on that goal, we may not need a spanking new nuclear weapons plant.
Second, we need more information about the companies involved. What are their health, safety and environmental records? What is their financial condition? By refusing even to name the bidders, the General Services Administration is preventing the taxpayers from considering these questions before a winner is chosen. We need more transparency and accountability before this project goes forward.
William D. Hartung
Director, arms and security initiative, New America Foundation