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NY lawmaker renews call to halt lab move to Kansas
NY lawmaker renews effort to stop move of animal disease lab from Plum Island to Kansas
By The Associated Press

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) ' A New York congressman wants to take the "For Sale" sign off the Plum Island animal disease lab.

In a letter this week, Rep. Timothy Bishop argues it is ludicrous for the federal government to be spending as much as $1 billion to construct a new laboratory in Manhattan, Kan. The lab will study diseases that could devastate the country's livestock industry. Bishop says a "perfectly good" facility already exists off eastern Long Island.

The Long Island Democrat notes that the National Academy of Sciences is again studying the suitability of placing a lab in the so-called "beef belt." A report on that study is due next summer.

Kansas officials, who recently authorized $45.4 million in bonds for construction, counter that there is no reason to turn back.

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