July 17, 2017

Contact: Communications Office

MoDNR issues final permit modification for Bannister Federal Complex

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 14, 2017 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued a final contingent hazardous waste permit modification for the Bannister Federal Complex, which includes an approved contingent remedy for approximately 225 acres of the complex that are anticipated to be transferred to a private developer.

For decades, the Bannister Federal Complex, 1500-2000 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, Mo, has been used as warehouse space and to manufacture electrical, mechanical, plastic and other non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons. The site is currently owned by the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and the General Services Administration. Since moving their operations to new locations, DOE/NNSA and GSA have selected a private developer to explore redeveloping 225-acre areas of the complex west of the Union Pacific railroad tracks, plus two acres off-site of the main complex.

The 225-acre portion of the complex is currently in the final remedy stage for soil and groundwater contamination, which includes using existing buildings to prevent contact with the contamination. During future property redevelopment, these buildings are scheduled to be demolished and the ground surface regraded. In anticipation of these activities, the department, in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, proposed changes to the approved final remedy to ensure continued protection of human health and the environment during the demolition and redevelopment of the site.

DOE/NNSA and GSA are conducting the long-term monitoring and corrective action investigation and remediation activities under a department-issued Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit and EPA-issued Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. The Part I Permit is the regulatory framework for implementation and long-term operation and maintenance of the approved final remedy. The department made proposed changes to the Part I Permit, to implement the proposed changes to the final remedy. The department made these proposed changes available for public review and comment on May 5, 2017.

Following review and response to all public comments, including minor changes to the proposed permit modification, the department approved the proposed changes to the final remedy and Part I Permit, and issued a final contingent Part I Permit modification. These changes are contingent, in that the approved changes will only become effective if, and only if, the property is transferred to the private developer at a later date. Until that time, the existing approved final remedy and Part I Permit remain in effect.

Please be aware that any parties adversely affected or aggrieved by the department’s decision to issue the final contingent Part I Permit modification, or specific conditions of the final contingent Part I Permit modification, may be entitled to pursue an appeal before the Administrative Hearing Commission by filing a written petition by Aug. 14, 2017, as more fully described on page 9 of the final contingent Part I Permit modification. 

The final contingent Part I Permit modification and supporting documents are available on the department’s website at or at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Blue Ridge Branch, 9253 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri (during normal business hours). For more information about the final contingent Part I Permit modification, or to obtain a written copy of the final contingent Part I Permit modification for review, please contact Jalal El-Jayyousi, PE, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, by telephone at 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827, or by email to Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals may reach El-Jayyousi through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.