TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new assessment on the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan concludes that changes in the lab's design have sharply reduced the risk for accidental release of deadly diseases. The assessment released today (FRI) by the Department of Homeland Security updates a report issued in 2010. The new document puts the risk of an accidental release at one-tenth of 1 percent, down from the previous calculation of a 70 percent chance of release. Supporters credit design changes made since the first report for the lower risk. Homeland Security plans to build the lab near the campus of Kansas State University. The assessment calculated the risk to the human population living near the lab, as well as the large number of livestock in the region.
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The risk of a pathogen release from the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility being built in Manhattan is practically zero. At least, that’s according to the new calculation by the Department of Homeland Security in a report made public today (FRI). Laura Ziegler, reporting for Harvest Public Media, has more.