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Plum Island for sale?

Looking for a little island property near the Hamptons in New York? How about a charming old Biosafety Level 3 facility? Plum Island Animal Disease Center Image: Wikipedia The US government is taking steps to sell Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the government-run lab which has conducted experiments on pathogens such as foot and mouth disease. The town board of Southold in Long Island, New York, received a visit this week from representatives of the United States General Services Administrat

By | August 5, 2009

Looking for a little island property near the Hamptons in New York? How about a charming old Biosafety Level 3 facility?
Plum Island Animal Disease Center
Image: Wikipedia
The US government is taking steps to sell Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the government-run lab which has conducted experiments on pathogens such as foot and mouth disease. The town board of Southold in Long Island, New York, received a visit this week from representatives of the United States General Services Administration, the agency responsible for federal real estate transactions, to discuss issues involved in selling the property, linkurl:according to NorthFork.com,;http://www.northfork.com/News/Main-Articles/8456/Plum-Island-Animal-Disease-Center-Up-For-Sale.html a Hamptons news outlet. A GSA official said the government was collecting information on the sale of the island, which could be completed by 2011 or 2012, Northfork.com reports. (Southold is responsible for zoning Plum Island). The move comes as plans to build a new, $500 million biosecurity lab hit another snag. A linkurl:report released last week;http://gao.gov/products/GAO-09-747 by the Government Accountability Office linkurl:criticized the decision;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55862/ to build the facility in Kansas, saying that the choice was based on a faulty risk-assessment study and that such research would be unsafe at any mainland location. A Congressional hearing on the matter set for last Thursday was delayed with no rescheduled date.
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Avatar of: Ruth Davis

Ruth Davis

Posts: 4

August 5, 2009

Why is the government selling the old facility before the new one comes on-line (where ever it's going to be)? This seems like a very strange chain of events...
Avatar of: anonymous poster

anonymous poster

Posts: 8

August 10, 2009

Sell the old one, therefore it's an emergency to construct the new one, no time to deal with the the fact that the flawed site is in Kansas (see GAO report), second shooter on the grassy knoll.....never mind

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