EPA publishes fact sheet on testing at Bannister Federal Complex

Today, our local EPA officials published a fact sheet regarding the latest news of a potential chemical contamination in buildings at the Bannister Federal Complex. The affected buildings are separate from the facilities for the Kansas City Plant, which manufactures non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons. One building is causing particular concern because it houses a day care on the General Services Administration’s site.

Trichloroethylene (TCE), according to the EPA, is one of the known environmental contaminants discovered in the GSA buildings. It’s a solvent used in adhesives, paints, varnishes, paint strippers, pesticides, lubricants, and cleaners. Another chemical known to be present at the site is perchloroethylene, used in dry cleaning.

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