A final record marking the decision will be made after a comment period and is expected to follow the Department of Homeland Security’s recommendation. The facility is expected to create 1,500 construction jobs and, when operational, employ more than 300 people.
The $450-million facility will replace the aging
The facility will house laboratories where researchers will study biological threats to livestock and agriculture. Security will be the highest priority at the new lab. An accidental release of pathogens could endanger Midwest livestock and pose a monumental risk to
The 500,000-square-foot facility is expected to have an annual operating budget of $125 million. The facility’s economic impact is estimated at $3.5 billion during its first 20 years.
Source: U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-Kan.)