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“Missouri Viewpoints” Interview with PeaceWorks Kansas City’s Henry Stoever

February 4th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

(Grandview) – A plan by the federal government to move a major manufacturing plant is the subject of this week’s “Missouri Viewpoints”.

Nuclear weapons, in addition to being the center of national and international controversy, have a large economic impact on the Kansas City area.

The Honeywell Kansas City Plant manufactures most of the parts that go into America’s nuclear weapons. The plant makes only non-nuclear parts. In doing so, the plant employs over 2,400 people with an annual payroll that exceeds $275 million.

The manufacturing facility is currently located at the Federal Complex on Bannister Road in south Kansas City. The federal government is moving forward with plans to build a new plant on undeveloped land less than ten miles away (still in south Kansas City).

This week’s guest represents PeaceWorks Kansas City, which opposes the move. Henry Stoever Mr. Stoever is an attorney who also sits on the group’s committee that is working to fight the new plant’s construction.

Saying the groups is “…asking them to be environmentally responsible and accountable for the contamination that is already at the [current] site…” Stoever explains some of the objections the group has to the plans. The objections include disputing the accuracy and process of the government’s Environmental Impact study for the new location, the cost of the construction, the cost of the cleanup of the current plant and worries that the current Federal Complex is being abandoned.

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