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Moore, Roberts go to bat for Lenexa FDA lab


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Etc.[(KC Star) Senators fault FDA plan to close labs:][1] Citing jobs and public health, a bipartisan group of senators is demanding that the Food and Drug Administration suspend plans to close several regional laboratories. Among the labs at risk is one in Lenexa that employs at least 53 people. The FDA's 13 Office of Regulatory Affairs laboratories work to ensure the safety of food, medical equipment and cosmetics. The labs detect hazards such as food and medicine tampering and work on threats such as E. coli outbreaks. ... In a separate letter, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts and Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore of Kansas said the Lenexa lab is only 15 years old and has seen heavy investment for counterterrorism equipment. The lab would cost so much and take so long to decommission that any savings from closure might be lost, the letter said.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][2][(LJWorld.com) Roberts to rally support for lab effort:][3] Kansas legislators will have the opportunity to hear how important to the state the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility could be when U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts addresses them Monday. Eighteen sites in 11 states are pursuing the facility, which is expected to generate $3.5 billion in economic development over 20 years in whichever location is chosen. The NBAF, as it is being called by those who are most involved in the process, will replace an existing facility for plant and animal disease research on Plum Island, off the tip of Long Island in New York. "Competition across the country for this facility is intense," said Roberts, R-Kan. "However, Kansas is well-positioned and fits the Department of Homeland Security criteria." [1]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/16584562.htm [2]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [3]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/jan/31/roberts_rally_support_lab_effort/?state_regional


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