Archive for Friday, September 18, 2009

Kansas officials praise hiring of firm to oversee construction of National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

September 18, 2009


Kansas officials on Friday praised the hiring of a firm to oversee construction of a bio-security lab in Manhattan and said the decision shows a commitment to the project that has been questioned by some in Congress.

The Department of Homeland Security announced the selection of McCarthy/Mortenson Joint Venture of St. Louis for a $3.2 million contract as construction manager on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

NBAF, which will be built at Kansas State University, will serve as a national lab researching deadly diseases. It is scheduled be in operation by 2015.

“DHS is focused on keeping construction right on track because the need for new animal disease vaccines and countermeasures is too critical to delay,” said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Gov. Mark Parkinson said he met with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano earlier this week, and that she assured him the agency was committed to NBAF in Kansas.

“Today’s announcement that DHS has selected a construction manager for the facility signals that this project is moving forward, and Kansas’ important role in protecting our nation’s food supply will continue,” Parkinson said.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said the Homeland Security decision shows that the Obama administration is committed to the project.

Some in Congress, however, have said they want to hold up spending on the lab until more study is done about the risks of moving foot-and-mouth disease research from Plum Island, off New York, to the mainland.


KansasVoter 8 years, 8 months ago

Why are our republican politicians so scared of moving Guantanamo detainees to Leavenworth that they wet their pants but they have no problem moving a big, shining target like this to our state?

Practicality 8 years, 8 months ago

Ha Ha. I bet loggie is screaming lies at the computer while reading this because he is no longer allowed to write them on here.

BigPrune 8 years, 8 months ago

Come on forget Leavenworth - they need to build the Gitmo replacement right here in Lawrence, KS. Wouldn't that be sweet? Then we could have Al Qaeda terror cells scoping out Lawrence AND Manhattan, instead of Leavenworth and Manhattan. Having both in the same state is really quite genius, no?

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