Tue, 29 January 2013
Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Involvement Ballot Initiative and Former KC Nuke Weapons Worker Willie Jackson.
Kansas City is home to an existing and a new replacement nuclear weapons parts plant that have been and will be responsible for 85% of the components of US nuclear weapons. The new plant is owned by the Kansas City Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA), described in a 2010 Missouri Court of Appeals decision as "a statutory agency that was created by a vote of the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri (“the City”) under section 100.320.1," and whose members are appointed by the Kansas City mayor. The plant will be operated by Honeywell for the National Nuclear Security Administration in a complicated leasing scheme, involving the General Services Administration and private developer Centerpoint Properties, that was criticized by the GAO in a 2009 report
Rachel MacNair is the Campaign Coordinator for KC Peace Planters, a group responsible for getting a measure on the ballot on April 2, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri, that would preclude the city from engaging in any such nuclear weapons involvement in the future.
Willie Jackson worked in the old Kansas City nuclear weapons parts plant in the 1970's, 80's and 90's, where he was exposed to hundreds of identified toxic substances. He filed claims for health problems, and they have been denied.
Rachel MacNair and Willie Jackson spoke on the January 29, 2013 edition of Tell Somebody. The podcast includes a few minutes of audio that had to be edited due to broadcast time constraints.
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