Fourteen states want US bio-agro lab

Billions in economic impact attracts variety of public and private bidders

John Dudley Miller
Apr 2, 2006
Public and private institutions in at least 14 states have applied to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to build and operate its proposed $451 million National Bio-and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), the replacement for the department?s aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) near Long Island, New York. DHS has said it will choose a ?short list? of candidates by this fall.The 14 applicants are located in seven Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas), five Midwestern states (Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin) and two Western states (California and Colorado). Bidders range in size from a consortium of California public and private universities that have paired with the Department of Energy?s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, down to the governments of St. Lucie County in Florida and Bent County in rural Colorado.The 500,000 square foot lab, to be built on 46,450 square meters,...

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