Residents will get a chance to hear from and speak to the committee charged with evaluating an updated site-specific risk assessment for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).
The National Research Council committee meeting is taking place from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Mara Conference Center of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
This is the fourth of five scheduled meetings for the committee, which will deliver its report in June. The Congress-commissioned updated assessment by the Department of Homeland Security is expected at the end of this month.
The first assessment, done in 2010, projected a nearly 70 percent cumulative risk of a foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) infection over the projected 50-year lifespan of the facility. It also identified a lack of mitigation strategy.
NBAF, scheduled to be operational in 2018, will replace the current Plum Island facility as the nation’s lead research facility in areas such as animal disease and agro-terrorism.
The agenda is as follows:
The agenda includes a question-and-answer session conducted by committee beginning at 8:10, with public comments from 9:10 to 10 a.m. Advance sign-up is being taken for the public comments.