U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, is calling on the Department of Defense Inspector General to investigate what he called a “faulty” Army Corps of Engineers report used to aid the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in its preference to build its $1.75 billion site in north St. Louis.
Bost made the announcement Wednesday, one day after he issued a statement on the NGA’s most recent response to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. In the letter, NGA Director Robert Cardillo said the evaluation process for the proposed St. Louis site “was done in strict accordance with” the Department of Defense’s anti-terrorism and security engineering standards.
Bost’s request follows a similar appeal he made earlier this month to the Army Corps’ Inspector General.
“I have asked NGA for answers regarding the laundry list of errors contained in the Army Corps’ report,” Bost said in a news release. “However, I continue to receive nothing more than superficial assurances that the proper guidelines have been met, particularly regarding security setback standards. Until I get the specific and transparent answers my constituents deserve, I am going to use every tool at my disposal to the bottom of this misguided decision. That’s why today I am calling for a Defense Department investigation, in addition to the Army Corps investigation that’s already underway.”
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Bost said the Army Corps’ Final Environmental Impact Statement included flawed geographical data and a poor analysis of the impact on mission security and the environment. The Corps’ 491-page statement is included on the NGA’s website promoting “Next NGA West.”
A town hall meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Katy Cavins Community Center in O’Fallon to discuss the latest with the NGA site selection process and to allow residents to ask questions. The meeting is open to the public.
The meeting is being coordinated by Bost; U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville; St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern; Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan; and other community leaders.