Here you go folks, New York politicians don’t want the NBAF while here in NC our politicians couldn’t wait to sale us out. This year’s election will be one to behold.  

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Site -Selection process for lab to be discussed

By Bill Bleyer
The Department of Homeland Security has scheduled an April 15 meeting in Southold to discuss the site-selection process for a new laboratory that would replace or supplement the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

The 7 p.m. session at Southold Town Hall will explain the environmental review process under way to determine which of six finalist sites will be recommended for a $450-million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

While the current lab studies foreign animal diseases like foot-and-mouth that are not contagious for humans, the new lab will be a “Bio-Safety Level 4” facility that would work with pathogens potentially fatal to humans, such as anthrax and botulism. Because of the upgrade, most public officials who represent the East End don’t want the new project on Plum Island. They are lobbying to keep the lab open at its current designation as a BSL-3 facility. The Homeland Security Department has said it would consider that, but it is considered a long shot.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said a public hearing would probably be held in June after a draft environmental impact statement is issued next month. The ultimate decision will be made probably in November or December, with the lab planned to open in 2012.
Because of the strong political opposition to a BSL-4 lab off the end of the North Fork, New York public officials say it is unlikely Plum Island will be chosen.