MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ A federal agency has scheduled public hearings next month to discuss a plan to sell New York's Plum Island.
The island off the eastern tip of Long Island is home to the country's only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could affect the livestock industry.
The General Services Administration released a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed sale this summer. The agency recommends selling the 840-acre island. No price has been set.
The Department of Homeland Security is moving forward with plans to open a new $1.14 billion laboratory in Manhattan, Kan. to replace the Plum Island facility.
The GSA hearings will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct 17 in Old Saybrook, Conn., and the following day at Greenport High School on Long Island.