Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a contract to do the $40 million utility work for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.
The Topeka Capital-Journal said Moran told them the award would bring an end to the long delays in starting construction for the estimated $1 billion facility.
However, officials at Moran’s Washington, D.C. office told the Mercury Tuesday afternoon that although an award of the contract appeared close, it was not yet official. Staff members in Moran’s office said they hope that confirmation occurs later this week or next week.
The biosafety level 4 facility is slated to replace Plum Island Animal Disease Center as the nation’s lead facility for large animal disease research.