News Release 094

Public invited to attend hearing tonight in Kansas City regarding Bannister Federal Complex draft hazardous waste permit modifications

Volume 39-094 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will host a public availability session and public hearing tonight on the draft hazardous waste permit for the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City.

The evening will include an availability session that will begin at 6 p.m., a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a public hearing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be located at the IBEW Local 124 Union Hall, 301 E. 103rd Terrace in Kansas City. The public may review and offer written comments on the draft hazardous waste permit modifications to the department and EPA until May 29.

The Bannister Federal Complex is located at 2000 E. Bannister Road in Kansas City. The U.S. Department of Energy owns the Kansas City Plant and the U.S. General Services Administration owns the remaining portions of the federal complex. Last September, DOE and GSA submitted a permit modification request to the department and EPA’s Region 7. The request included modifying DOE’s hazardous waste permits to, among other things, include the entire Bannister Federal Complex on the permits and add GSA as a permittee.

Both DOE and GSA are currently performing environmental investigation and cleanup activities on their respective portions of the federal complex under separate environmental programs. The draft permit modifications prepared by the department and EPA propose to conduct further environmental investigation, monitoring, risk-assessment and cleanup at the federal complex under one set of comprehensive hazardous waste permits.

Staff will be available to answer questions during the availability session and the public can have their comments about the draft permit modifications entered into the official record during the public hearing. Electronic copies of the draft permit modifications are available on the department’s website: dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/permits/notices.htm.

Hardcopies of the draft permit and supporting documents can be viewed at the following locations:
Mid-Continent Public Library*
Blue Ridge Branch
9253 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: 816-761-3382
*During normal business hours.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources*
1730 E. Elm St. (lower level)
Jefferson City, Missouri
Phone: 573-522-5026
*By appointment only.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7
Library
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, Kansas
Phone: 913-551-7979
Hours: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (not including federal holidays)

Comments on the draft permit modifications are more effective if they point out legal or technical issues. Only the conditions being modified are open for public comment. Please send written comments to:

(Part I)
Donald L. Dicks
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Hazardous Waste Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
E-mail: don.dicks@dnr.mo.gov

(Part II)
Robert Aston
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7
Waste Remediation and Permitting Branch
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
E-mail: aston.robert@epa.gov

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