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$7 million secured for W.Va. research facilities

February 12, 2008

LEETOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Monday that he has secured more than $7 million in funding for two research facilities in the Eastern Panhandle, according to a press release.

The financial boost will support advanced research at the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture and the Leetown Science Center, both in Leetown.

The NCCCWA is set to receive more than $6.3 million to develop lines of fish that have been genetically selected for superior growth performance, disease resistance and product quality, according to the release. Byrd, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has added more than $15.9 million to past appropriations bills for the construction of the facility, where research programs are aimed at efficiently raising and harvesting cool and cold-water fish, such as rainbow trout and arctic char.

Byrd added $787,520 to legislation to support molecular biology and genetics work at the Leetown Science Center, according to the release. The center conducts research needed to restore, maintain, enhance and protect aquatic and terrestrial organisms and their supporting ecosystems.

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