The hearing was held in Mosier hall, and council members asked pointed questions about the new facility’s ability to handle possible out breaks of diseases like hoof and mouth disease.
Council members also seemed concerned about the interaction between the facility and surrounding area emergency operations. Those safety questions were answered by faculty and staff, and local and state officials attending the meeting.
The hearing opened up for public comment and questions, and received several more questions about safety procedures from concerned citizens.
The National Research Council will report its findings to congress when it completes the assessment process.