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$150 million allocation in Obama’s 2012 budget proposal would help construction of National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

February 14, 2011


A $150 million allocation within President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget is good news for the federal biosecurity lab slated for Manhattan.

If approved by Congress, the money will keep construction on track for the $650 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, set to open in 2018. The allocation for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was one of many in the $3.73 trillion budget Obama released Monday morning.

“Clearly this is encouraging news to see this high on the president’s priority list,” said Ron Trewyn, vice president of research for Kansas State University.

The announcement comes as $40 million in funding for 2011 is still uncertain. Because Congress didn’t pass an appropriation bill for 2011, the current NBAF funding is tied to a comprehensive spending bill that is part of a continuing resolution that will be reviewed in March.

In the past, both Obama and President George Bush have specifically allocated money toward NBAF. But the $150 million is by far the largest amount ever designated and marks an increase in the funding that will be needed to build the lab.

“This is a big step forward,” Kansas Bioscience Authority President and CEO Tom Thornton said, and noted if approved by Congress, the money would allow for the actual construction of the lab.

The groundwork is already being laid for NBAF’s arrival, as roads and utilities are being rerouted on the 45-acre site across the street from Kansas State University’s football stadium. Design plans for the building are 35 percent completed.

Kansas State University, with the help of funding from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, is also boosting its research on many of the same deadly animal diseases that will soon be studied at the NBAF labs.

This summer, construction of the central utility plant is scheduled to begin. The building of the lab will occur over several years and should be finished by 2017. NBAF is slated to be operational by 2018.


Joe Blackford II 7 years, 3 months ago

" if approved by Congress"

That's a BIG IF.

"The Committee's jurisdiction over these issues could have been asserted throughout the 110th Congress, but especially in the wake of the FBI's determination that the anthrax attacks were perpetrated by an American scientist at an elite American biodefense laboratory."

KSU's NBAF Colonels David Franz, Jerry & Nancy Jaax, are the enablers of Dr. Bruce Ivins, USAMRIID, the 2001 anthrax mailer & winner of Army's highest civilian honor in 2003.

Thornton got up & left the room after I pulled open the curtain on the $ spent to bring the NBAF to KSU & whose pockets were being filled.

Auditors failed to look into Franz' (KBA member, Midwest Research Institute VP & DHS' chooser of KSU) financial ethics in picking his own employer & alma mater for the NBAF.

Bob Krause had a seat @ KBA speaking for Wefald & Glasscock. The auditors found those 3 siphoned $ off the top of NISTAC's sale of NutriJoy to CocaCola. Wefald appointed Krause's wife, Marti Vanier, to run KSU's National Agricultural Biosecurity Center. Open the door to Pat Roberts Hall aka BRI & see who has a job there among this group of co-conspirators to bring Hoof & Mouth Disease to KS & line their own pockets.

MRI had an office at NISTAC, BEFORE KSU was selected for the NBAF.

Is it ethical for a KBA voting member to spend taxpayers' $$$ to secure a lab for KSU when he had a vote on selecting the site?

More importantly, IF KSU had a ringer, why did Kansas need to spend $$$ to bring NBAF here?

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