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Future of Plum Island Still at Standstill

Southold Planning Director expressed frustration to Connecticut newspaper about federal delays in dealing with Plum Island.

Southold Town and other groups interested in preserving Plum Island's wildlife are still waiting for a draft environmental report relating to the island's proposed sale, according to an article published in Connecticut's The Day website.

Since Congress first approved the sale of the site in 2008 with the stipulation that a new site for Plum Island's animal disease research center would be found, the U.S. General Services Administration has supposedly been preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. A site near Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., was identified as a possible location for a new lab in 2009.

"We've been told so many different things about the timing of that," Lanza told The Day of the draft impact statement.

Read the full story on The Day here.

pir2 October 20, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Plum Island as we know it should remain the site of the USDA/Homeland Security lab. It is inconceivable to me that they would move this facility to the breadbasket of the USA in Kansas. The cost and the location of such a move is wrong. I would hope that the Conn. and NY congressional delegations would get with it and work to keep the facility where it presently resides. This generates jobs and wealth for our respective areas and would be sorely missed in the future. I would hope Tim Bishop would put as much effort into saving the facility as he put into trying to stop a level 4 lab at the site. In my view Tim Bishop was talking out of both sides of his mouth in 2006-2008, he knows that the job issue trumps everything now which explains his new position.
happy October 20, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Keep it in case the walking dead really happens. We can call it zombi island then send shaggy and scoobie to solve crimes. Win win
Jeff Goubeaud October 20, 2011 at 08:25 PM
I totally agree with PIR2. To put this facility in the heart of cattle country makes no sense what so ever. Not if, but rather when an outbreak occurs there, the cost of such an outbreak will be catastrophic not only to the cattle industry, but to our general economy as well. The original lab was placed on Plum Island for a reason and that was to contain an outbreak to just the Island and to not infect the mainland. If Congress is really serious about cutting unwarranted spending, then this would be a good place to start. It would save the millions currently being spent to upgrade the existing facility and it would stop the millions from being waisted in building a duplicate of what we already have. Now to me, that makes sense. But then again, we are speaking of Congress.......................

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