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Some Lawmakers Want To Stop Plum Island Sale

Associated Press - July 16, 2013 2:16 am

Some federal lawmakers want to stop the sale of New York’s Plum Island, home to the only national government laboratory studying diseases harmful to livestock and other animals.

Congress voted in 2009 to close the aging lab and move operations to Kansas State University. President Barack Obama’s latest budget includes $714 million for the project, and Kansas officials are selling bonds to pay for the new lab.

But lawmakers from New York and Connecticut plan to introduce legislation Tuesday to stop the sale, saying it is unnecessary and uneconomical, and the island lab is worth preserving.

Rep. Timothy Bishop, a Democrat whose eastern Long Island district includes the island, says Plum Island is one of the natural treasures of the Northeast.

Iggy p Daily

July 16, 2013 at 8:12 am

I for one support their efforts. Keep the facility on Plum Island those of us that are responsibile people do not want that facility in Kansas.

Vicki Gruber

July 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

My daughter spend part of her senior vet rotation at Plum Island back in 2005. She came back to K State and told us about the conditions there at that time. It was not good, and lawmakers are still trying to save it? It is time to move on.

Iggy p Daily

July 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Did she tell you why its on an island?

Red Neck

July 17, 2013 at 1:50 am

Its time to move on out of Kansas that is for sure and away from the K-State campus. Why do you suppose this was built on an island to begin with? Alot smarter people back then.

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