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NBAF: Construction of Federal Lab in Manhattan Behind Schedule and Over Budget (3-Part Series)

The $1.25 billion facility is a biosafety level-4 laboratory and will replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. NBAF is expected to be operational by 2022-2023. (File photo from KCUR Radio)

NBAF Part 1: Construction of Federal Lab in Manhattan Behind Schedule and Over Budget

Construction on NBAF, the federal National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, is behind schedule and over budget. Specifically, the federal lab has exceeded its initial cost estimate by nearly $800 million. NBAF will be the main research center for some nasty animal diseases. For Harvest Public Media, Laura Ziegler reports on the progress -- and possible roadblocks -- moving forward.

This series is part of a collaboration between Harvest Public Media and the Kansas News Service.

NBAF Part 2: Why Study Deadly Diseases Here in the Heartland, Anyway?

Currently-under-construction in Manhattan, NBAF -- the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility -- will be home to some of the most contagious and deadly animal diseases in the world. In this report for the Kansas News Service and for Harvest Public Media, Brian Grimmett takes a look at why researchers want to study these deadly diseases... and why they say a new facility is needed
to do it.

Brian Grimmett’s reporting comes to us through a collaboration of Harvest Public Media, the Kansas News Service and Kansas Public Radio.


NBAF Part 3: Is the Community of Manhattan Prepared for Lab's Opening? 

The community of Manhattan is watching the massive National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility go up at the north end of the K-State campus. As Laura Ziegler reports for Harvest Public Media, some in the community are worried that health care, law enforcement and emergency response teams are not as prepared as they should be given the deadly diseases to be studied at NBAF.


NBAF Part 1

NBAF Part 2

NBAF Part 3

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