Timeline: NBAF's history
In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to replace the old Plum Island Animal Disease Center off Long Island with a facility on the U.S. mainland to study Foot and Mouth Disease and other dangerous pathogens. Kansas won the job in 2008, with a site on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan.
But today, more than three years later, the proposed $1.4 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility faces funding obstacles, safety questions, rising costs and political fallout. For Kansas and the Midwest, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Check out the timeline below to see just what led us to where we are today.
To advance the timeline, click and hold the gray bar at the bottom and drag your cursor to the left.
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