More applicants for US bio-agro lab

List grows to 29; some nearby communities voice mixed reactions

John Dudley Miller
May 16, 2006
The official list of proposed sites to house a $491 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) has grown to 29, twice as many as there appeared to be just before the March 31 proposal deadline. However, in at least a few locations, community reaction to the proposals -- one of the four criteria the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will use to make its decision -- has been decidedly mixed.Universities, state and local governments, and other organizations in 22 states and the District of Columbia have proposed 29 sites for the 500,000 square-foot building, which will replace DHS's 50-year old Plum Island animal research facility near Long Island, New York. Eight of the states are in the South, five are in the Southwest, five are in the Midwest, three are in the East and one is in California.Researchers from DHS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the...

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