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Kansas Delegation: GAO Report Short on Expertise, Long on Errors; NBAF Critical to Protect Nation's Food Supply
Date:7/31/2009

ot get this important fact right calls into question its entire report.

"The DHS analysis that ultimately chose to locate the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Kansas followed a six year process with risk, environmental and security assessments based on a National Academies of Science report and peer review by USDA and other outside experts.

"DHS has said it will continue to work with Congress to ensure this critically important facility is properly designed and constructed to protect the nation's food supply and agriculture. As Secretary Napolitano said earlier this week, we intend to move forward with placing the lab in Manhattan, Kansas."

"Congress has already appropriated $80 million for the project, with more to come.

"The greatest threat to agriculture and the food supply in America is not having modern biocontainment facilities to conduct critical research. Our nation is not prepared to handle natural, accidental or intentional outbreaks of animal diseases. We cannot afford further politically motivated delay."

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