Friday, February 17, 2012


I spoke too soon. Just two days ago the government cut all construction funding for the new billion dollar National  Biological and Agricultural Defense Laboratory that was planned for Manhattan, Kansas.

Although the cut has occurred largely for budget reasons the
National Research Council will continue its congressionally-mandated study of the facility’s safety. It's actually the second study - an earlier study by National Research Council scientists determined, based largely on the federal government’s data, that there was a 70 percent chance of an accidental release of foot-and-mouth disease from the lab sometime in its projected 50-year lifespan.

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