What effects a bio-defense facility would have on the environment is the topic for discussion Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is holding a hearing on possible environmental effects of its proposed National Bi and Agro-Defense Facility. The department will present its preliminary assessment of environmental impact. They will also allow time for formal comments and for the public to look at their materials and talk informally with NBAF experts.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to speak at the first hearing. It's at 2:30 pm Thursday in the K-State Union's Forum Hall. The second meeting is at the same location at 6 pm.
Kansas is competing with four other states to get the $450 million facility. The lab would occupy a site near on the K-State campus. Earlier this year, Kansas lawmakers approved $105 million in bonds for infrastructure improvements at the proposed site.
The location will be chosen this fall.