Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Biosafety lab re-scoped

ROGER SNODGRASS, roger@lamonitor.com, Monitor Assistant Editor

A 3,200-square-foot building at Los Alamos National Laboratory has stood unused for more than two years, snagged in legal battles and safety issues.

Last week, the National Nuclear Security Administration gave notice it would begin a more rigorous environmental impact analysis on the Biosafety-3 laboratory that was built in 2003, but remains unoccupied.

Previously, an environmental assessment with minimal public input was used to permit construction of the building.

With construction underway on BSL-3 laboratories at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and LANL, citizens groups at the two labs filed suit in federal court, seeking an injunction on the facilities and calling for a more thorough Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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