The NNSA announced today that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for the disposition of the Bannister Federal Complex located in south Kansas City. The General Services Administration (GSA), part owner of the 300-acre complex, is a cooperating agency.
A Notice of Intent, published in the Federal Register, marks the beginning of a 30-day public scoping period to allow the community the opportunity to identify issues regarding the disposition, determine points of contact for the EIS process, understand project schedules, and provide input to the NNSA and GSA regarding the potential environmental issues associated with the proposed disposition of the Bannister Federal Complex.
NNSA’s Kansas City Plant is moving to a newly constructed industrial complex about eight miles south of the current Kansas City Plant beginning in January 2013; and the federal agency plans to transfer ownership of its portion of the Bannister Federal Complex either in whole or in part. The GSA is currently analyzing its occupancy of the Bannister Federal Complex and is performing a separate Environmental Assessment to evaluate a future relocation option. Because GSA could potentially relocate its operations to a location other than the Bannister Federal Complex, GSA has agreed to participate as a cooperating agency for this EIS.
“This Disposition EIS is an essential part of the process as we move forward with efforts to eventually transfer ownership of our property,” said Mark Holecek, manager of the NNSA’s Kansas City Site Office. “This EIS will help provide the analysis needed to fulfill our environmental responsibilities.”
Preparation of the EIS will include opportunities for public participation during the initial public scoping period and during a later public review and comment period for the draft Disposition EIS. A public scoping meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2012, at the Evangel Church Fellowship Center, 1414 East 103rd St, Kansas City, MO 64131.
The scoping meeting will provide the public with information regarding the EIS and will also provide individuals the opportunity to give written or oral comments. The public can also provide comments to the NNSA via: (1) mail at the following address: Mr. Nathan Gorn, BFC Disposition EIS Document Manager, NNSA Kansas City Site Office, 2000 E. 95th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64131; (2) email:BFCDEISComments@nnsa.doe.gov; or (3) the Internet at http://nnsa.energy.gov/nepa/bfceis. That website also contains the Notice of Intent and other information about this process.