A nuclear watchdog group filed a federal lawsuit on Monday (March 10) to suspend work at a Biosafety Level 3 lab at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which opened to little fanfare earlier this year and conducts research on pathogens such as Ebola, anthrax and Q fever. The suit, filed by linkurl:Tri-Valley CAREs,;http://www.trivalleycares.org/pressRelease/prmar08.asp a Livermore-based community group that monitors nuclear weapons and environmental cleanup activities locally and nationally, charges that the Department of Energy should have conducted a full environmental impact assessment before opening the pathogen research lab, and did not hold the necessary public comment sessions. "We have agreed to a schedule for resolution of the motion for preliminary injunction in an effort to avoid the potential expense of resources to address a temporary restraining order. This agreement will also allow the court to decide the issue as expeditiously as possible. The U.S. Department of Justice will file a...
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