Archive for Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wyandotte County sues EPA over headquarters move

July 19, 2011

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— The Unified Government of Wyandotte County is suing the federal government over its decision to move the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the government of violating federal law when it signed a lease to move the headquarters from Kansas City, Kan., to Lenexa.

The lawsuit says the General Services Administration, the EPA's landlord, ignored presidential orders from the 1970s that require federal facilities to locate in urban areas.

The county government is seeking an injunction to stop the move, cancel the lease and start the selection process over.

UrbanAmerica, which owns the Kansas City, Kan., building housing the EPA office, is appealing the decision to move. The federal Government Accountability Office is expected to issue a decision on that challenge by July 27.

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