TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The National Research Council is scheduled to release a new report that assesses three options for building a new biosecurity lab in Kansas.
The review set for release Friday was requested by the Department of Homeland Security as it continues the process for building the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility on a site near Kansas State University.
A panel of experts is determining if the lab will be built as planned, scaled back or if the government will keep its existing animal research capabilities at Plum Island, N.Y.
The $1.14 billion Kansas site would replace the Plum Island site. However, Congress hasn’t approved funding for construction of the new lab over concerns about its cost, scope and whether the United States needs the lab.