High Security Lab to Come to Kentucky?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A team of federal inspectors will visit an eastern Kentucky county to look at a 150-acre site that's been proposed as home for a national laboratory that would handle deadly animal diseases.

The April 23, 2007, visit to Pulaski County is one of 17 around the country being made by a team from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security spokesman James Johnson said a list of finalists will be done by the end of June. A winner should be announced in October 2008, with design and construction between 2010 and 2014.

The $450 million high-security lab would handle a variety of diseases, including some that could be transmitted to humans.

Kentucky and Tennessee announced their joint bid for the 500,000-square-foot Bio-Agro Defense Facility in February 2006. The Kentucky site is on farmland about 10 miles northwest of Somerset.


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