Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. A report released by the National Research Council earlier this week
Conspiracy Theory on the plans to move the Plum
Island Animal Disease Center (which is off the coast of Long Island, New York) and unleash Montauk Monsters on the Sunflower State.
The Associated Press relayed the report's concerns:
There are already cries of politics from the NBAF supporters.
The report emphasized safety concerns, including the risk that animal
pathogens could be released close to urban populations and a a large
cattle supply. Using figures cited by the DHS in it's site specific risk
assessment, the review group calculated the risk of a release of a
pathogen such as foot-and-mouth disease as 70 percent over the 50-year
life of the project.
"This research mission is too important for politics, and we know thereU.S. Rep. Bart Stupak saw the report as validation of concerns that came out of his House oversight subcommittee in May 2008. Stupak wants to keep the lab on Plum Island. But the AP reports that keeping the facility there comes with another set of problems:
is strong, bipartisan support for it," said Tom Thornton, president and
CEO of the Kansas Biosciences Authority.
In 2007, the Government Accountability Office told Congress that upgrading the Plum Island facility would cost up to 40 percent more than building a new site elsewhere. The GAO also voiced concern about carrying on such sensitive research in the densely populated area surrounding New York City, citing the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
NBAF supporters aren't seeing this as a set back. DHS Undersecretary Tara O'Toole told the AP that the report was "an important first step" and the "safety and security concerns" would be addressed in the facility's design.
"The country must have a modern research facility where we can create the means of preventing and if necessary treating such diseases," she said.
Jesse "The Body" just doesn't want to see it next to country's food supply -- or in a place where tornadoes are plentiful.