TOPEKA | The National Research Council says it will release a report Monday on the safety of a federal biodefense lab planned for northeast Kansas.
Congress required the study when it agreed last year to provide $32 million to plan the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, to be built in Manhattan.
The National Research Council is affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences.
The $451 million NBAF would research foot-and-mouth and other dangerous animal diseases that can be passed to humans. It would replace an aging lab on Plum Island, N.Y.
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Critics question whether it's safe to do such research in the nation's heartland. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Kansas officials say there's little risk to the public or agriculture.