Opponents turn out to blast proposed biohazard lab
More than 100 opponents of a laboratory that would study bio-hazardous materials turned out to voice their objections Tuesday in Butner.Posted — Updated
North Carolina is among five states being considered for the $450 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. The lab would study pathogens such as anthrax, avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease.
Two meetings were held Tuesday at the Butner-Stem Middle School to collect public inout on a draft environmental impact statement about putting the lab in Butner.
About 10 percent of the lab would be set aside for viruses with no known cures.
‘I think it is pretty close to a no-brainer that the nation needs it and that the nation needs it to be in the absolute best site. Many of us believe North Carolina is the absolute best site,” said Dr. Barrett Slenning, a veterinarian at North Carolina State University.
“They’re giving us the wrong data to decide whether this is an economic boom to this area or not. And I don't think it will be,” bio lab opponent Elaine McNeill said.
The lab will replace an existing facility on Plum Island, N.Y.
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