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Funding snag could delay review of plans for new Fort Detrick lab

July 16, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The National Academy of Sciences says a safety review of Army plans for a new biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick could be delayed by congressional foot-dragging.

An academy official told the Frederick County Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday in Frederick that some congressional members want to postpone budget decisions until after a new president takes office next year.

Such a delay could affect funding for the study, which could cost $250,000 to $400,000.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski requested the review in April amid citizen complaints that an environmental impact statement for the project doesn't fully address the risk of terrorist attacks, the actions of disgruntled workers and the possibility of water pollution.

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