H. Rept. 110-819, Part 1: To Amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to Establish a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Report to Accompany H.R. 1717, August 1, 2008 [open pdf - 81KB]
Alternate Title: H. Rept. 110-819: To Amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to Establish a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
"The Committee on Homeland Security, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 1717) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendments and recommend that the bill as amended do pass. […] The purpose of H.R. 1717 is to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility, and for other purposes. The Nation currently lacks necessary Biosafety Level (BSL) 3 and BSL 4 large animal laboratory space needed to research many high consequence foreign animal and zoonotic diseases. BSL 3 facilities require a double door entry and unidirectional airflow into the lab. BSL 4 facilities require all these things, as well as a complete body suit with separate air source worn by the researcher. The National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) will fill this gap, provide a unique capability, and fulfill the guidance in Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-9, 'Defense of United States Agriculture and Food,' to develop a plan 'to provide safe, secure, and state-of-the-art agriculture biocontainment laboratories that research and develop diagnostic capabilities for foreign animal and zoonotic diseases'."
H. Rept. 110-819, Part 1; House Report 110-819, Part 1
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