Nuclear Bomb Parts Plant Protest Monday, Kansas City, Missouri

Source:  Eric Bowers’s Photoblog, posted May 2, 2011

On Monday morning, May 2, a protest and willful arrest took place at the construction zone of the new National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) campus and nuclear weapons parts plant out at Missouri Highway 150 and Botts Road – the replacement site for the old, toxically contaminated Bannister Federal Complex that has been under investigation for causing chronic illness and death to workers exposed to hazardous materials in the manufacture of nuclear weapons parts. Peaceworks KC, a Catholic group, organized the protest with several dozen members willfully arrested at the site today for blocking one of the gates.

Additional controversy comes from the financing of the plant. According to the petition Peaceworks KC is circulating, the city of KCMO sold $815 million in municipal bonds which went toward financing the plant as part of a mandate to generate 2,000 jobs at the new plant that the city itself holds legal title to – a tad ironic given the former weapons parts plant at Bannister has been proven toxically contaminated and has caused many ill former workers to complain of illness or even die.

When I covered a similar protest back in August of 2010, protestors made it all the way through the grounds of the construction area, however with a quick closure of a chain link fence gate by watchful construction personnel, the willful arrests took place this time near the front of the construction area.

Note:  for additional information and photos, visit here.  Article and photos are by Joshua McElwee, joshua.mac@gmail.com, National Catholic Reporter. Office: 816.968.2261

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