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National Bio And Agro-Defense Facility: Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The United States needs to update and expand its facilities to study the range of foreign animal diseases that are potential threats to United States (U.S.) agriculture.1 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed to augment existing capabilities through the construction and operation of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). Operation of this biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and BSL-4 research facility would enable basic and advanced research, diagnostic testing and validation, countermeasure development (i.e., vaccines and antiviral therapies), and diagnostic training for high-consequence livestock diseases with potentially devastating impacts to U.S. agriculture and public health.

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