Positive Review Released For Building Of New Defense Facility In Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -Kansas and Missouri senators are teaming up to move forward with critical steps towards the construction of the National Bio-Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.

The National Academy of Sciences has taken a another look after a risk assessment of building the Manhattan facility in 2010 and the results released Friday, came back positive.

Senators point to the successful analysis finalize from the Site Specific Risk Assessment that shows the Manhattan site would meet all congressional requirements.

Critics are worried about the risks presented by the building which will study dangerous foreign diseases that affect livestock and people.

Ron Trewyn, Vice President of Research at Kansas State University, understands those concerns but also sees how important this facility can be to the state saying, "There is never zero risk with anything in the world and the greatest risk is that these diseases exist out there and through movement of people and goods they are going to get here. We don't have a facility to develop vaccines and other counter measures against them so we need the facility and we need it now."

The proposed NBAF site would be the worlds fourth largest bio-safety level four laboratory studying dangerous foreign diseases.


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