Infrastructure for Proposed Biosecurity Lab Could Cost Kansans $164 million

The Legislature will consider a bond issue of $105 million to make infrastructure improvements for the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF.Paid off over 20 years, the bonds would cost $164 million in principal, interest and fees, officials said. 

Kansas is one of six states vying for the $451 million NBAF, which will be a U.S. Department of Homeland Security lab used to research plant, animal and human diseases. The focus of NBAF will be on combating potential bio-terrorist threats to the food supply.Recently, Homeland Security estimated that Kansas’ cost of land, roads, grading, parking security fencing and a dedicated central utility plant would total $105 million. The Kansas proposal is at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

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