TOPEKA - The Department of Homeland Security has approved a site in Kansas for a $450 million national biothreat laboratory.
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, New York.
Kansas won out over sites in Georgia, Mississippi, North
Carolina and Texas.
Republican Senator 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.