The balance of human nature, ingenuity and public trust in government has been discussed a lot this year. We have turned to our elected representatives in Granville county more this year than in past years due to Butner’s placement as one of the finalist to host the NBAF. We have set through meetings, wrote editorials, and lobbied our local and state politicians all because of our strong, heartfelt concerns and opposition to the National Bio Agro Defense Facility’s placement in Granville County.

After the release of the NBAF draft Environmental Impact Statement several of our state and local politicians reversed their support for the facility and decided to openly oppose it. State Sen. Doug Berger and Brad Miller (D-13) cited various reasons but they both expressed the views of their constituents being the foremost reason for their reversal of support. Their decision exhibits leadership and honesty to those of us who reside here.

In contrast, Rep. Jimmy Crawford whose district (32) includes Vance and Granville County chose to use misleading misinformation recently when confronted with a constituent’s concerns instead of explaining his position regarding the NBAF or perhaps he couldn’t be bothered.

Sandy Batey, a resident of Butner contacted his office yesterday with concerns about the NBAF project, as you know Butner is located in Granville County so by definition Ms. Batey is Rep. Crawford’s constituent, right?

 I’ll let Sandy’s email speak for itself, here is the email:


From:sandra batey [mailto:*********]
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 9:14 AM
To: Rep. Jim Crawford

October, 14 2008

  To Whom It May Concern:

 I am writing to ask you to vote against the NBAF in Butner , NC . It should NOT be on mainland USA . It’s risk to life and our food supply is to great.

 If we must have a lab it should be rebuilt on the island away from populated areas. I believe some of the diseases they will be studying are banned on our soil anyway.

 There have been several accidents on the island and they have had to kill all the animals on it. If this should happen here it would not only devastate our economy but possibly kill thousands of citizens..

Please stop this insanity now.


Thank you,

Sandra Batey

*** E. F st

Butner , NC 27509                     

Here is the reply email from Rep. Crawsford’s office; 

From: Linda Winstead (Rep. Jim Crawford) <>
Subject: RE:
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 6:15 AM 

Thank you for your input.  It is my undersstanding that the Dept. of Homeland Security has put a hold on building a new facility.

Jim Crawford

 Wow, great news! but wait a minute, why doesn’t anyone else know about this?  In response to Rep. Crawford’s email concerning the project’s status as on HOLD, we contacted the DHS NBAF Project Manager,  Jamie Johnson.

—–Original Message—–
From: ********* ********* [mailto:**********] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 11:36 AM
To: NBAFProgramManager
Subject: NBAF
I just got a message from Rep. Jimmy Crawford’s office in North 
Carolina that the NBAF project has been put on hold. I found that 
hard to believe, so can you please advise me about the status of the 
NBAF proceedings.

From: “NBAFProgramManager” <>

Date: October 16, 2008 10:30:31 AM EDT
To: “*****************” <****************************>
Subject: RE: NBAF

The NBAF project is not on hold.  Please refer to the NBAF website at for the latest project information.

The NBAF Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) – which will describe if this facility will be built and if so, where it will be built – are expected in late 2008.  There is currently no definitive date for their release.  The Final EIS will be available from the NBAF website, and the ROD will be published in the Federal Register.
Best Regards,
NBAF Program Manager


Rep. Crawford why would you mislead a constituent or anyone for that matter concerning a hot button issue like the NBAF project? Do you not think it is enough that over 4400 of your constituents signed a petition against the NBAF. But most importantly have you forgotten who put you in office?