City Council Voices Opposition To Toxic Waste Storage

Jul 9, 2009

Kansas City, Missouri – With a chorus of "not in our backyard," the city council passed a resolution Thursday against storing toxic waste at the Federal Complex on Bannister Road.

During session council members said they weren't notified by the U.S. Department of Energy that Kansas City was on the shortlist of places to house the nation's waste mercury.

Rather, they found out after opening their morning papers.

Councilman John Sharp was at best confused by the fact Kansas City could become the Yucca Mountain of mercury storage.

"I guess they could have found a worse location if they could have found a daycare to put it right next to it," Sharp said.

The federal agency will be in town on July 23, 2009 to field public comments on their plan.