Maryland Residents Fear Army Disease Lab

Monday, 10 Oct 2011 11:49 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A new Army research facility in Maryland where scientists will study dangerous infectious diseases has not adequately assessed potential risks to the public, according to a report from the United States National Research Council. And residents of the city of Frederick are headed toward a conflict with military authorities about it, reports DailyCaller.com.

A preliminary risk assessment plan from the lab at Fort Detrick, which aims to develop responses against outbreaks of anthrax, plague, Ebola, and other diseases, focuses primarily on probable scenarios and does not take into account all potential incidents, the council alleges.
The research council has several recommendations for the facility’s final plan.

Council Chairman Charles Haas gave the lab’s preliminary assessment a grade of C minus and said, “We reviewed the work plan, and our findings were that, as laid out, it will not lead to a robust estimate of risk.”

The Army, which is not required to follow the council’s recommendations, said it is “in the process of reassessing the need for the facility.”

“The community didn’t have a choice in the labs coming here, but the community has a right to understand how the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies, are defining an acceptable risk,” said Beth Willis, who chairs the Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee, which the city formed to address concerns over the lab. “That needs to be made clear to us. So far that hasn’t been done, and we hope it will be when this new risk assessment is actually created.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Report: Secret Service Blasted Again For Improper Behavior

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 18:51 PM

The Secret Service is in trouble again, this time over a report that agents improperly became involved in a domestic has . . .

John McCain: Pentagon Press Secretary Is an 'Idiot'

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 17:46 PM

A disgusted Sen. John McCain called the Pentagon press secretary an "idiot" for giving a rambling, convoluted assessment . . .

Pastor Defrocked Over Son's Same-Sex Wedding Faces Council

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 16:38 PM

A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved