Government moves closer to selling Plum Island

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For sale: Island in Long Island Sound, 843 acres, beautiful scenery, convenient access to Long Island and New York City. Amenities include bio-secure laboratory buildings, army barracks, parade grounds, ferry landing and lighthouse. Seller: United States Government. That description could appear in federal government sale listings as Plum Island, home of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) since the 1950s, soon could become available to interested buyers according to news reports.

Last week, the Government Service Agency issued an environmental review of the property, recommending its sale. The aging Plum Island facility will be replaced by the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) currently under development in Manhattan Kansas, although the project has met with numerous delays and funding challenges.

According to an Associated Press article, the GSA’s environmental impact statement will be available for public comment for 30 days, after which plans for the formal sale could proceed.

Environmental groups and area residents object to the sale and have called for preservation of the island as a natural and historic site. The town of Southold on Long Island has jurisdiction over Plum Island, and town officials have indicated they could use zoning laws to prevent its commercial development.

In any case, the sale will not take place anytime soon. Construction on the main laboratory facility at NBAF is scheduled to begin in 2014. A timeline on the NBAF website lists completion and commencement of vaccine research as “to be determined.” In the meantime, work at the PIADC will continue, with transition to a fully operational NBAF at least five years away.



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Tami    
WI  |  July, 03, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Am I the only one concerned about bringing Foreign Animal Disease research (such as Foot and Mouth disease) in the center of our country where we commonly have Tornados? I mean at least hurricanes give you a couple days notice. Tornados do not. Also what about breaks in Biosecurity, look at the 2007 FMD outbreak in the UK caused by a break in biosecurity at the lab. On a island with no other livestock such a thing would not cause the same ramifications that will happen if something like this happens in the heart of cattle country in KS.

Rocky    
USA  |  July, 04, 2013 at 12:59 PM

They can't be serious ! Moving something like this to Kansas and then selling the land. This island has had some of the deadly germs in the entire world on it and many were studied as bio weapons. Rumor has it Lyme disease started there after a storm released several virus containers, deer caught the disease , swam the short distance to Conn. and it took off from there. There are several books out on how deadly Plum Island really is, read up on this.

Rocky    
USA  |  July, 04, 2013 at 12:59 PM

They can't be serious ! Moving something like this to Kansas and then selling the land. This island has had some of the deadly germs in the entire world on it and many were studied as bio weapons. Rumor has it Lyme disease started there after a storm released several virus containers, deer caught the disease , swam the short distance to Conn. and it took off from there. There are several books out on how deadly Plum Island really is, read up on this.

Lori    
July, 06, 2013 at 09:29 PM

Rocky - Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, not a virus. It is spread by ticks, not by deer themselves. And deer are terrible swimmers. Before you start spreading rumors, read up on them yourself. While I'm not a proponent of moving NBAF to Kansas (I'm a veterinarian in Kansas), there's nothing inherently wrong with the land that PIADC sits on that would prevent its sale. Foot and Mouth Disease cannot be transmitted to humans (although it can be carried to other animals by humans for a very short period of time), and the virus that causes it requires a host to survive and replicate. There are thousands of people who work on this facility every day. They're just like you and me, and their families are just as safe. Before you start drumming up drama about a subject, I suggest you do your OWN research.

DJ    
MHK  |  July, 07, 2013 at 05:52 PM

Here Here, Lori!

spooky    
connecticut  |  July, 11, 2013 at 07:44 AM

Nope... Operation Paperclip legacy Dr. Eric Traub (SS virologist from Riems Island under Himmler) asked Plum Island (PIADC) management to test his new tick-borne blood pathogen by going over to Lyme CT and releasing the deer ticks in the woods near the ferry crossing at Chester-Hadlyme. The rest is history... PIADC has lied about Dr. Traub's employment there. I wouldn't touch that island with a 10-foot pole. Try incinerating it first. PIADC also needs to exhume the spooky-stuff-graves first too. Google: “God Body Collection" and "Stacy Adams" Suffolk County Jan-2010. A real unsolved mystery that PIADC has yet to explain to the powers that be... Who has Stacy Adams? And why are they experimenting on Wombats?

spooky    
connecticut  |  July, 11, 2013 at 07:48 AM

NBAF Kansas will be so far underground it won't be a problem for area cattle.


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