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The Kansas City Plant (KCP) for Nuclear Weapons Components

Background on KCP and the Nuclear Weapons Complex

(more at Kansas City NNSA/Honeywell Watch )

Under the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2010 the President has provided Congress the classified Section 1251 Report as a plan to modernize the Nuclear Weapons Complex. This is the first year this report has been required. In November the Administration already released their second version of the plan, which increased the estimates over the original May version to an average of $8.6B per year for the next 10 years. This is in contrast to the previous 20-year average of $6.2B and the $5.1B average during the Cold War weapons build up.

Much of this escalating funding will be used for  “modernization” of the nuclear weapons complex. This means new multi-billion dollar facilities to support the production of plutonium pit primaries or “triggers” at Los Alamos, NM, and thermonuclear uranium “secondaries” at Oak Ridge, TN. But these nuclear components can only become deliverable weapons of mass destruction when combined with the thousands of nonnuclear components that the Kansas City Plant (KCP) produces or procures (e.g, radars, fuzes, parachutes, guidance systems, etc.). In all, KCP is responsible for 85% of all nuclear weapons components, and makes thousands of shipments each year to other NNSA sites for final assembly of nuclear weapons. 

The Kansas City government has subsidized this new federal nuclear weapons production plant with $815 million in municipal bonds outside of NNSA’s annual budget. The new plant’s selected 180-acre site was mostly used for soybean farming. However, the Kansas City government declared that area  “blighted” so that it could use bond authority under Missouri state law designed to fight urban blight to give NNSA a new bomb plant. Taxpayers will pay an estimated $4.5 billion over 20 years to lease and operate the new Kansas City Plant, which the City will own until private developers pay the bonds back through a lease-to-purchase scheme backed up by a virtually certain revenue stream from the federal government.

Meanwhile, previously unreported worker health concerns at the old Plant are growing increasingly controversial, to the point where both Missouri senators have called for federal investigations. In the past, the federal government has vaguely talked about selling the federal complex that sites the old Plant to private interests “as is” so that badly needed local economic development can take place.However, there are no comprehensive plans for cleanup of groundwater contaminated with PCBs and industrial solvents, and it’s not even clear what federal agency will be responsible for managing and paying for cleanup (estimated at greater than $200 million) once NNSA leaves for its shiny new bomb plant. 
There has been protest and civil disobedience at the new location, Highway 150 and Botts Road, where site preparation is underway for the first major new nuclear weapons production facility in 32 years.
Join at our new kcnukeswatch e-mail list serve by sending a message to Ann Suellentrop of the Kansas City Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. We will keep you informed of the latest developments related to both the new and old Kansas City Plants and protest plans as they develop.  We are also seeking other groups to sign on in support of our protests.

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The Role of KCP in the Nuclear Weapons Complex - August 2010

Documents Relating to Development of New KCP

Development Agreement Between Kansas City and Centerpoint Zimmer - February 16, 2010

Centerpoint Zimmer Project Proposal - June 5 2009

Suit Challenges Legality of Proposed Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Plant

Joint Press Release: Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility,
Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Tri-Valley CAREs and Individual Plaintiffs [84KB] -October 9, 2008

Complaint filed in U. S. District Court, Washington DC [1.7MB] -Ocober 8, 2008

Fact sheet on cleanup at the existing site [844KB] -October 13, 2008

Citizen Activism Results in a Two-Week Delay on Consideration of Tax Incentives for Nuclear Weapons Plant

Natural Resources Defense Council Notice of Intent to Sue over the Kansas City Plant [584KB] -August 4, 2008

Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s comprehensive comments [300KB] –January 14, 2008

NRDC comprehensive comments [383KB] –January 14, 2008

NukeWatch Power Point on the KCP EA [1.7MB] - January 7, 2008

Comprehensive NWNM notes on the KCP EA [300KB] -January 7, 2008

Basic 2-page Sample Comments (modify at will) [44KB] -Jauary 7, 2008

PeaceWorks Kansas City Press Release [116KB] –January 4, 2008

Notice of Availability of the KCP Draft Environmental Assessment -December 10, 2007

KC Business Journal: GSA seeks a developer to build and own new nuclear weapons plant.   -October 24, 2007

Kansas City Star article: Plan to build new plant goes to Congress -October 24, 2007

Nuclear Watch fact sheet on KCP [148kb] -October 19, 2007

Nuclear Watch Powerpoint Presentation on KCP [3.2MB] -October 19, 2007

NNSA's KCP Overview [3.6MB] -October 17, 2007

NNSA's KCP Waste Management [7.6MB] -October 17, 2007

NNSA's KCP Environmental Restoration pt 1[5.8MB] -October 17, 2007

NNSA's KCP Environmental Restoration pt 2[7.6MB] -October 17, 2007

Report from the New America Foundation describing DOE’s plans and highlighting the central role of the Kansas City Plant in Complex Transformation [176kb] - October, 2007

Nuclear Watch comments on the KCP EA [272KB] -May 30, 2007

Joint NukeWatch letter with Natural Resources Defense Council to NNSA regarding the Kansas City Plant [272KB] -May 21, 2007

Joint NukeWatch letter with Natural Resources Defense Council to NNSA regarding the Kansas City Plant [272KB] -May 21, 2007

NNSA Response Letter to Nuclear Watch New Mexico's FOIA Request for FY07 Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan [632KB] -January 24, 2007

Excerpts from the Kansas City Plant Ten-Year Site Plans [168KB]

Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan, Fiscal Year 2007:

FY07 Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan, pt.1 [4.1MB] -March 24, 2006
FY07 Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan, pt.2 [5.1MB] -March 24, 2006
FY07 Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan, pt.3 [9.4MB] -March 24, 2006
FY07 Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan, pt.4 [6.5MB] -March 24, 2006
FY07 Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan, pt.5 [6.5MB] -March 24, 2006
FY07 Kansas City Plant Ten Year Site Plan, pt.6 [4.8MB] -March 24, 2006


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