TOPEKA | The National Research Council is preparing to issue a report on the safety of a federal biodefense lab planned for Manhattan, Kan.
The study is to be released Monday. Congress required the report in agreeing last year to provide $32 million to plan the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.
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.
Critics question whether it's safe to do the research in the nation's heartland. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Kansas officials say there's little risk.
The National Research Council is affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences.