by Lisa Sorg
Be thankful if the federal disease lab doesn't come to Butner: The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is due shortly after Thanksgiving.
The Manhattan (Kans.) Mercury quoted DHS spokesman John Verrico as saying the document would be released in the first week of December.
The draft version was released last June, totaling more than 1,000 pages. It evaluated the suitability of the five proposed sites—Butner, N.C.; San Antonio, Texas; Manhattan, Kans.; Flora, Miss.; and Athens, Ga.—plus the existing Plum Island Animal Research Center off the NY coast.