In Kansas City, MO, the now-closed Bannister Federal Complex was the site of exposure to toxic chemicals while the plant was in operation. This exposure may have caused severe illnesses and even death.
More than 700 workers are now saying they are having a difficult time getting workers’ compensation benefits as they fight rare forms of cancer or severe diseases.
EPA records show that there was a toxic spill of promethium 147 discovered in 1989 that had gone undiscovered for years. At the plant, safety measures were oftentimes not taken, nor protective gear provided.
Those affected hope that the chemicals will be contained as part of the demolition process of the plant. Cleanup of the facility could begin before 2018.