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Plum Island - Kansas Gets Money
To Start Construction
From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello Jeff - It is looking more like we can have our Plum Island and Keep it, Too! Plum Island East, Long Island and Plum Island West, Kansas. I do wish to mention below the article mentions "Hoof and Mouth Disease." This is an improper term, the disease is "Foot and Mouth Disease.
In any event, I can understand the worry of the farming community in the surrounding area as once Foot and Mouth Disease gets loose from the facility, the entire US livestock industry will be at risk.
It has never been fully explained why a new lab could not be built on the existing Plum Island on Long Island, NY. Why was it necessary to move the facility, scientists etc, to Kansas. I understand they did not want to refurbish the existing research facilities at Plum Island East, but why not simply build a new facility on the island? Building a new facility in Kansas will be as costly, even more so because they have to buy property for the facility.
Are they going to be working on pathogens so deadly that an escape near a major international City and airport would get the world's attention? Manhattan, KS is not as densely populated as New York City and environs and thus, a deadly disease would spread like wildfire in such a setting.
I hope the reason for the move to 'Plum Island West' will be thoroughly explained to us.
'Plum Island' Kansas Gets Money To Begin Construction
April 16th, 2011 
Even in times when money is scarce and budgets need to be tightened, Congress still finds a way to fund some programs. One such project is the construction of Biosafety Level-3 and -4 laboratories.
Friday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback thanked members of the Kansas congressional delegation in helping to secure the money for construction of the new "Plum Island" in the middle of the heartland.
Congress approved $40 million, as part of the 2011 continuing resolution passed this week, to begin construction on the somewhat controversial National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.
Transplanting Plum Island to Kansas: is the country's food supply at risk?
And that's just the beginning. President Obama included $150 million in his 2012 fiscal budget.
The new facility, which will conduct research about deadly and highly infectious animal diseases, is now expected to open by 2018. However, work there will commence while construction is ongoing.
The new BSL-4 facility at Kansas State University will replace the aging and ever full of conspiratorial stories facility, Plum Island Animal Disease Center just miles off of Long Island.
According to a report by David Twiddy of the Kansas City Business Journal:
The National Research Council has warned that an accidental or intentional release of hoof-and-mouth disease from the facility could have a dire effect on the nation's cattle industry, but federal authorities have pushed ahead, saying the dangers are manageable.
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