DHS Approves National Biothreat Lab in Kansas

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Department of Homeland Security has approved a site in Kansas for a $450 million national biothreat lab.

DHS released its final record of the approval Monday. The action confirms a decision announced in December naming a site at Kansas State University in Manhattan to replace an aging lab at Plum Island, N.Y.

Kansas won out over sites in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts calls the decision ``one of the most significant investments to the Kansas economy in state history.''

The federal agency said factors in its decision included the proximity of the site to Kansas State's research labs and its colleges of agriculture and veterinary medicine.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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