Senator Pat Roberts’ office says the official groundbreaking for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility will take place next Tuesday, May 28, on the site in Manhattan. The first phase of the project is to construct a utility plant and emergency power capacity dedicated to the top security labs.
President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal to Congress asks for funds to “develop countermeasures for diseases originating from large animals that can be transmitted to humans, " including $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.
The news has already been interpreted by supporters as a green light for the $1.15-billion federal animal disease lab known as NBAF, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, in Manhattan, Kansas.
Senator Pat Roberts said the proposal represents the administration’s support for NBAF.