Tracking NBAF: National Bio And Agro-Defense Facility Takes Shape In Kansas http://kcur.org en K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward http://kcur.org/post/k-state-says-proposed-funding-nbaf-big-step-forward <p>A U.S. Senate subcommittee&nbsp;has appropriated&nbsp;$300 million in funding for the<a href="http://www.dhs.gov/national-bio-and-agro-defense-facility"> National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility </a>, or NBAF,&nbsp;in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manhattan, Kan.</span></p><p>Ron Trewyn, vice president for research at<a href="http://www.k-state.edu/"> Kansas State University</a>, says this week's appropriation for a top-security animal disease lab on Kansas State's campus will allow the <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/">Department Of Homeland Security</a>&nbsp;lab be finished.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:53:29 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57833 at http://kcur.org K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward Big Boost For NBAF In New Budget Bill http://kcur.org/post/big-boost-nbaf-new-budget-bill <p>Finally — a chunk of federal funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), has made it through Congress. &nbsp;The $1.1 trillion appropriations bill that sailed through Congress this week makes it possible for&nbsp;construction to begin on the animal disease lab in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p>It would be the first federal funding for the controversial project since 2011.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:40:32 +0000 Laura Ziegler 49900 at http://kcur.org Big Boost For NBAF In New Budget Bill Sale Of Plum Island May Stall, Impact On NBAF Uncertain http://kcur.org/post/sale-plum-island-may-stall-impact-nbaf-uncertain <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">When the Department of Homeland Security authorized funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in 2009, proceeds from the sale of New York&rsquo;s Plum Island were expected to entirely offset the cost of the Kansas-based lab.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:13:11 +0000 Laura Ziegler 44442 at http://kcur.org Indictment Handed Down For Alleged Embezzlement At K-State http://kcur.org/post/indictment-handed-down-alleged-embezzlement-k-state <p>The former office manager for an animal disease research lab at Kansas State University faces a maximum of 10 years in jail and $750,000 in fines if convicted of embezzling federal funds.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Linda Kay Miller, 51, of Alma, Kan. has been indicted on charges of signing federal grant monies over to her own bank account. The funds were to go for research at the </span>Biosecurity<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Research Center in Pat Roberts Hall at K-State.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:24:38 +0000 Laura Ziegler 44145 at http://kcur.org Indictment Handed Down For Alleged Embezzlement At K-State Senate Committee Advances NBAF Funding http://kcur.org/post/senate-committee-advances-nbaf-funding <p>Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.</p><p>The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, will study diseases that could be used to attack the nation's food supply. A Senate subcommittee voted earlier this week to approve more than $400 million for the lab.</p><p>Moran says that a full Senate committee has now also voted to approve the funding.</p><p>“It is a determining factor in NBAF’s future,” says Moran.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:10:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 40478 at http://kcur.org Senate Committee Advances NBAF Funding NBAF Breaks Ground In Manhattan http://kcur.org/post/nbaf-breaks-ground-manhattan <p>There was a lot of hand-shaking and back-slapping at the recent groundbreaking for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan. Soon, the first construction will begin on an independent utility plant for the top-security animal disease lab.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It’s been 4 and a half &nbsp;years since the Department of Homeland Security awarded the project to Kansas, and it's been a rocky road to this point.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:47:13 +0000 Laura Ziegler 37771 at http://kcur.org NBAF Breaks Ground In Manhattan Officials Break Ground On NBAF Power Plant http://kcur.org/post/officials-break-ground-nbaf-power-plant <p>Federal , state, and local officials gathered Tuesday afternoon at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a power plant on the site of the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The so-called Central Utility Plant is Phase 2 of the Department of Homeland Security project - a high level bio-containment animal disease lab that will studying emerging and foreign animal diseases.</span></p><p>Congress allocated $40 million for the power plant in 2011.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:52:48 +0000 Laura Ziegler 37545 at http://kcur.org Officials Break Ground On NBAF Power Plant Sen. Roberts: NBAF Construction Set To Begin http://kcur.org/post/sen-roberts-nbaf-construction-set-begin <p>Groundbreaking for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility will take place next Tuesday in Manhattan, Kansas according to a release from Senator Robert's office.</p><p>Cost sharing for this phase of the animal disease lab will be about equal - 50/50- for the independent power plant required on the 48 acre site at Kansas State University. Both Kansas and the federal government are putting in roughly $40 million.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 16:33:24 +0000 Laura Ziegler 37247 at http://kcur.org Sen. Roberts: NBAF Construction Set To Begin Kan. Senate Gives First Round Approval For Additional NBAF Funds http://kcur.org/post/kan-senate-gives-first-round-approval-additional-nbaf-funds <p>Kansas Senators Tuesday gave first round approval for new spending in support of a controversial federal animal disease lab Manhattan.</p><p>Some Democrats as well as some in Gov.&nbsp;Brownback’s own party have questioned whether the state should commit an additional $202 million in bonds, on top of $145 million already spent in support of the federal lab.</p><p>Doubters in the legislature worry the state will be on the hook for cost overruns as the project continues.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 14:44:54 +0000 Laura Ziegler 36788 at http://kcur.org Kan. Senate Gives First Round Approval For Additional NBAF Funds Kansas House Committee Approves NBAF Bonds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-house-committee-approves-nbaf-bonds <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The House Appropriations Committee has approved&nbsp;an amended version of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to&nbsp;issue&nbsp;more bonds for a federal lab in Manhattan. They delayed a decision Wednesday on the governor's proposal to help fund the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, but after a briefing from Brownback's chief of staff, the committee approved the plan for $200 million in bonds. <o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 14:26:57 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36514 at http://kcur.org NBAF Not Get Built? Brownback Says It Could Happen Without State Support http://kcur.org/post/nbaf-not-get-built-brownback-says-it-could-happen-without-state-support <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says if Kansas lawmakers won't approve additional funds for the National Bio And Agro-Defense Facility, there's a chance it won't get built.&nbsp; And that's a risk he's not willing to take,&nbsp; he said over the weekend on a stop in Kansas City, Kansas.&nbsp;</p><p>President Obama's FY2014 budget requested $714 million for the top security animal disease lab proposed for Manhattan, Kansas.&nbsp; As part of that request, the state was asked to contribute&nbsp; $202 million. That's in addition to almost $150 million Kansas has already committed.</p><p>Some Republicans in Topeka suggest Governor Brownback’s request for an additional $202 million in bonds for the proposed animal disease lab represents a “moving target,” and want to be reassured the state isn’t going to be responsible for more than it can afford for a federal facility.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:10:45 +0000 Laura Ziegler 35770 at http://kcur.org NBAF Not Get Built? Brownback Says It Could Happen Without State Support $714 Million For NBAF In Obama Budget http://kcur.org/post/714-million-nbaf-obama-budget <p>President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.&nbsp; It’s the state-of-the-art biosecurity lab planned for Manhattan, adjacent to Kansas State University.&nbsp;</p><p>In response to the budget announcement, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback immediately pledged to work with lawmakers during the upcoming veto session to approve state bonds to help complete the lab.&nbsp; The President is asking for an additional $202 million in state support for the project.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 34913 at http://kcur.org $714 Million For NBAF In Obama Budget President's Budget Includes Funds For NBAF In Manhattan http://kcur.org/post/presidents-budget-includes-funds-nbaf-manhattan <p>President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal to Congress asks for funds to “develop countermeasures for diseases originating from large animals that can be transmitted to humans, "&nbsp; including $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p>The news has already been &nbsp;interpreted by supporters as a green light for the $1.15-billion federal animal disease lab known as NBAF, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p>Senator Pat Roberts said the proposal represents the administration’s support for NBAF.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:08:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34851 at http://kcur.org President's Budget Includes Funds For NBAF In Manhattan Kansas Moves Agriculture Department To Manhattan http://kcur.org/post/kansas-moves-agriculture-department-manhattan <p>The Kansas Secretary of Agriculture says he’s moving most of state Agriculture Department to Manhattan. Secretary Dale Rodman says the agriculture in Kansas will benefit from being part of what he’s calling “the synergies” between Kansas State University and a burgeoning animal and plant science industry.</p><p>The move will allow the Kansas department to work more closely and avoid redundancies with bioscience research and commerce already going on in Manhattan.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:02:43 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34783 at http://kcur.org Kansas Moves Agriculture Department To Manhattan White House Budget Office Responds To Concerns About NBAF http://kcur.org/post/white-house-budget-office-responds-concerns-about-nbaf <p>A senior official from the President’s Office of Management and Budget told two Congressmen he would be mindful of their concerns regarding the cost and safety of the proposed National Bio and Ago-Defense Facility (NBAF) in considering how much to allocate for NBAF in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.</p><p>OMB Deputy Director of Management Jeffrey Zients told Congressmen Tim Bishop and Joe Courtney that the administration was forced to evaluate the proposal for a new large-animal disease lab in the context of current budget constraints.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:50:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34175 at http://kcur.org White House Budget Office Responds To Concerns About NBAF Federal Government Releases Money For Animal Disease Lab http://kcur.org/post/federal-government-releases-money-animal-disease-lab <p>It’s not often that a press release comes out under the name of an entire Congressional delegation, even one as ideologically joined at the hip as this group from Kansas.</p><p>But that’s exactly what happened last month.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:28:48 +0000 Laura Ziegler 32981 at http://kcur.org Federal Government Releases Money For Animal Disease Lab Kansas Senator Says NBAF Going Forward With Release Of New Funds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-senator-says-nbaf-going-forward-release-new-funds <p>Kansas Senator Pat Roberts said in an interview Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security will announce on Thursday its plans to release funds to get the stalled National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility started.&nbsp;</p><p>The so-called NBAF has had difficulty getting off the ground. Senator Roberts chairs an NBAF steering committee and is the project's guiding light in Congress. The new funding is expected to enable the start of construction on a central electric plant -- a requirement for the billion dollar lab.</p><p>$90 million in federal funds are available for the NBAF.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:21:27 +0000 Laura Ziegler 32233 at http://kcur.org Kansas Senator Says NBAF Going Forward With Release Of New Funds Kansas Cattlemen Reject Proposed Biosecurity Lab http://kcur.org/post/kansas-cattlemen-reject-proposed-biosecurity-lab-0 <p>A limited survey of members of the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association has found little support for building the <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/tracking-nbaf">National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)</a> in Manhattan, Kan.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:42:04 +0000 Laura Ziegler 30552 at http://kcur.org Kansas Cattlemen Reject Proposed Biosecurity Lab Feds Officially Gain Control Of Land For Top Security Lab http://kcur.org/post/feds-officially-gain-control-land-top-security-lab <p>The Department of Homeland Security officially took ownership of 46 acres in Manhattan, Kansas this week for the <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/tracking-nbaf">National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility</a>.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:49:04 +0000 Laura Ziegler 29894 at http://kcur.org Feds Officially Gain Control Of Land For Top Security Lab NBAF Officially Gets Land: A Green Light For Troubled Project? http://kcur.org/post/nbaf-officially-gets-land-green-light-troubled-project <p>We return now to a story we’ve been covering on an ongoing basis: The debate over the billion-dollar&nbsp; animal disease lab under construction – maybe – in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:38:20 +0000 Laura Ziegler 29742 at http://kcur.org NBAF Officially Gets Land: A Green Light For Troubled Project? Kansas Faces Fiscal Cliff http://kcur.org/post/kansas-faces-fiscal-cliff <p>Budget negotiations between President Obama and Congressional leaders continue, but if those talks fail, Kansas will see a series of funding cuts that will affect the future of higher education, research, and military bases in the state.</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:42:58 +0000 Maria Carter 28827 at http://kcur.org Kansas Faces Fiscal Cliff NBAF May Get Boost As Government Report Says 'Sell Plum Island' http://kcur.org/post/nbaf-may-get-boost-government-report-says-sell-plum-island <p>It could be good news for supporters of the <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/files/labs/editorial_0762.shtm ">NBAF</a>, &nbsp;the top-level biosecurity lab proposed for Manhattan, Kan.</p><p> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:59:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 21427 at http://kcur.org NBAF May Get Boost As Government Report Says 'Sell Plum Island' Less May Mean More For Federal Animal Disease Lab http://kcur.org/post/less-may-mean-more-federal-animal-disease-lab <p>The National Academies of Sciences issued a set of 10 conclusions today on the future of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas</p><p>The report says while there is a critical need for a so-called BSL4 lab to research the most dangerous emerging diseases that affect particularly livestock, it said the current NBAF proposal would be better... smaller.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:49:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 21003 at http://kcur.org One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For K-State Animal Lab? http://kcur.org/post/one-step-forward-two-steps-back-k-state-animal-lab <p>The National Academies of Science issued a set of 10 conclusions today on the future of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p>The report says while there is a critical need for a so-called BSL4 lab that will research the most dangerous emerging diseases to affect particularly livestock, it said the current NBAF proposal might be too big&nbsp;and too costly.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 20968 at http://kcur.org One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For K-State Animal Lab? Another New Report To Shed Light On NBAF's Future http://kcur.org/post/another-new-report-shed-light-nbafs-future <p>The future of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is under the microscope this week for the second time in just over a month. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:02:17 +0000 Laura Ziegler 20888 at http://kcur.org Another New Report To Shed Light On NBAF's Future NBAF's Real Risk Is Still Anyone's Guess http://kcur.org/post/nbafs-real-risk-still-anyones-guess <p>A committee of the National Research Council says an updated risk assessment of a proposed high-security biodefense lab in Manhattan, Kan.,&nbsp;appears to understate the chances of deadly pathogens being accidentally released.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:29:58 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19562 at http://kcur.org NBAF's Real Risk Is Still Anyone's Guess Report Slams NBAF Risk Assessment http://kcur.org/post/report-slams-nbaf-risk-assessment <p>Not trustworthy.</p> <p>A report invalid and inadequate for making safety decisions on the part of politicians and policy makers.</p> <p>These are among the conclusions reached by a committee of the National Research Council in its evaluation of an updated risk assessment for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), which is under construction — but stalled — in Manhattan, Kan.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:08:09 +0000 Laura Ziegler 19448 at http://kcur.org Report Slams NBAF Risk Assessment Update On Risks At Animal Disease Lab Out Tomorrow http://kcur.org/post/update-risks-animal-disease-lab-out-tomorrow <p>In a highly anticipated announcement, the National Academies of Science said that it will release a congressionally mandated report on risk associated with the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) this Friday.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:57:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 19315 at http://kcur.org Redrawn District Adds To Animal Lab Concerns http://kcur.org/post/redrawn-district-adds-animal-lab-concerns <p>The beleaguered National Bio and Agro-Defense facility could face yet more challenges as a result of new congressional parameters released today by a three-judge panel. The federal judges expanded the 1st Congressional District to include Manhattan, home to Kansas State University and the proposed animal disease research facility.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:57:32 +0000 Laura Ziegler 19084 at http://kcur.org Redrawn District Adds To Animal Lab Concerns Kansas Bioscience Authority Cleared Of Criminal Charges http://kcur.org/post/kansas-bioscience-authority-cleared-criminal-charges <p>The Kansas Bioscience Authority and its former President and CEO Tom Thornton will not face any criminal charges over inappropriate use of state tax dollars.</p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:20:33 +0000 Laura Ziegler 19062 at http://kcur.org Kansas Bioscience Authority Cleared Of Criminal Charges