Russ Ptacek’s reporting leads to payouts for sick workers at the Bannister Federal Complex

NBC Action News investigator Russ Ptacek is doing the Lord’s work. It takes saintly patience to untangle the federal tapestry of bureaucratic red tape that is the Bannister Federal

Complex.

Ptacek continues to uncover shady details regarding a coverup at Bannister, which houses offices for the GSA as well as the Honeywell-operated factory for making parts for nuclear weapons for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Tonight’s report on NBC’s 10 p.m. news focuses on two former Kansas City Plant workers who became ill with sarcoidosis, a rare respiratory illness linked to beryllium, a metal used in weapons manufacturing. Sarcoidosis can be fatal, causing the lungs to gradually fail to absorb oxygen.

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