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A $680 million biolab is being constructed in Maryland; people living in the neighborhood told a panel that the military has not fully considered the possibility of a release of deadly germs by a disturbed or disgruntled worker
A $680 million laboratory building under construction at Fort Detrick will likely be safer than the decades-old complex it will replace, an Army biodefense official told a scientific review panel Tuesday.
AP reports that a citizens group critical of the expansion, however, told the National Academy of Sciences panel that the military has not fully considered the possibility of a release of deadly germs by a disturbed or disgruntled worker.
Overshadowing the committee review of the new U.S. Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases is the specter of Bruce Ivins, a USAMRIID scientist whom the FBI identified last year as the lone perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax mailings.
Those mailings killed five people and sickened seventeen others. Ivins died of an apparent suicide in July 2008.