Hurry Up and Wait for Kansas Agro-Bio Lab

A Homeland Security spending bill that received final approval from Congress yesterday will grant the Department of Homeland Security $32 million the next fiscal year to continue planning the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas. But construction money for the controversial $450 million project, where researchers want to study anthrax and other deadly diseases, will have to wait until Congress is satisfied with results of new studies it has ordered to determine if the lab can operate safely.

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