A report from the Government Accountability Office questions how the Department of Homeland Security determined the safety of six sites for a proposed animal disease research lab. Manhattan, Kan., was selected as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF.
A draft report argues DHS used poor techniques to determine how diseases would spread if they were accidentally released.
Tom Thornton is president of the Kansas Bioscience Authority. "I don't think this jeopardizes the NBAF at all," said Thornton. "I think, if anything, it really comes down to the GAO's capability to adequately assess the very important and scrutinous work DHS conducted."
A hearing later this week will look into the report. Construction is slated to start in 2010 on the $650-million facility.