Updated Site-Specific Biosafety and Biosecurity Mitigation Risk Assessment, Appendices [open pdf - 20MB]
"The following document outlines a stakeholder engagement plan for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). NBAF will be a state-of-the-art integrated facility designed to protect the United States' agricultural economy, food supply, and public health from natural outbreaks or intentional introductions of foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic (transmitted from animals to humans) diseases. DHS recognizes the need for comprehensive engagement plan to keep stakeholders informed as NBAF moves forward through design, construction, commissioning, and operation stages. DHS and the U.S. Department of agriculture's agricultural Research Service (IRS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) (as the tenant research entities) are committed to transparency, open communication with stakeholders, and responding to stakeholder inquiries/concerns in a timely manner. As with any high-containment laboratory, the study of high-consequence pathogens is not without risk. DHS is committed to mitigating these risks through comprehensive threat and risk analyses that will inform NBAF design, construction, and operation. Because public perception of these risks will be influenced by communications and outreach strategies, DHS will outline plans for risk communication as a part of the overall risk management strategy for NBAF. The purpose of the risk communication will be to educate and inform the public regarding risks and to inform the public in the highly unlikely event of an incident. To facilitate open communication and transparency, DHS has prepared this stakeholder engagement plan as a dynamic document that will evolve with NBAF to guide efforts to provide consistent, timely and useful information. This plan draws upon stakeholder engagement best practices gathered from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and other biocontainment laboratories, and builds on previous stakeholder engagement activities undertaken during the NBAF Site Selection EIS [Environmental Impact Statement] process. The plan also outlines a preliminary risk communication strategy that will be implemented when NBAF becomes fully operational in FY20. This stakeholder engagement plan will be reviewed at least annually and will be updated as needed."
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/