The slow, politically tortured journey to build the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan continues today in Washington, D.C.
The Associated Press reports that a committee of the National Research Council will hold a public hearing with the Department of Homeland Security to discuss an updated risk assessment for the proposed lab. The meeting will focus on the findings of a report made public last month that said the risk of accidental release of foot and mouth disease was remote.
That, of course, differs from an earlier study that found there was a nearly 70 percent chance of an accidental release of hoof and mouth disease over the lab’s 50-year lifetime.
The $650 million lab, planned near Kansas State University, would replace an aging research facility at Plum Island, N.Y. Scientists would conduct research on deadly animal diseases, including foot and mouth disease.