Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Texas Group Sues DHS Over Kansas Placement of Biohazard Lab

From the AP:

SAN ANTONIO — A group of Texas research facilities has indicated they will sue the Department of Homeland Security over its selection of a Kansas site for a planned $450 million biodefense laboratory.

The Texas group filed notice in federal court in Washington today indicating their intention to sue. They contend the Kansas site should not have been selected because of the danger of tornadoes in the region.

The lab will research foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever and the Hendra and Nipah viruses.

Kansas officials were quick to react to the Texas group's claims, saying the site was chosen by experts and provides an opportunity for the best research on threats to the nation's food supply.

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