KSU Scientists say National Biodefense Center is Safe

By: AP
By: AP

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Safety questions linger, but officials trying to attract a new national biodefense laboratory see little danger in building it at Kansas State University.

Kansas is competing with four other states for the $451 million lab. The Department of Homeland Security wants to replace an aging lab on Plum Island, New York and a decision is expected later this year.

Kansas State University officials see disaster scenarios as science fiction rather than science fact and say such facilities have had excellent track records for safety.

So far, opposition to bringing the new lab to Kansas has been muted. Legislators and Governor Kathleen Sebelius are pursuing the project, with the backing of university and community leaders.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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