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Manhattan’s NBAF may be moving ahead soon

September 21, 2012

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— The stalled plan for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas may be regaining traction in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's encouraged by reports that the Department of Homeland Security is eager to discuss releasing $40 million for a utility plant for the $1 billion NBAF lab. It would research foot-and-mouth and other dangerous animal diseases that can be passed to humans.

Progress has slowed since a site next to Kansas State in Manhattan was chosen in 2008.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., brought up the delay in releasing federal funding for NBAF construction during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano responded by telling Moran the agency proposed meeting with Kansas officials to discuss NBAF cost issues.

Comments

donttreadonme 1 year, 6 months ago

I realize that we live in one of the moocher states (receiving more in federal dollars than given in taxes), but I don't know that this is a good use of $1 billion of our TAX MONEY.

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Clara Westphal 1 year, 6 months ago

This is a terrible mistake. To put an anthrax lab in the middle of beef country. They state that it is 99% safe. What about the other 1? It should have been left on the New York island.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 6 months ago

Boy, I'd de-fund this project for all of the good reasons posted in earlier LJW stories on this subject, but now for sure with K-State Vet. School nut Montgomery as a potential "post office'er" or Bruce Ivens'er.

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