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Hearing on biodefense lab set for Monday

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The Durham County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday on the biodefense lab proposed for the Umstead Research Farm, a 250-acre swath of land in Butner.

Federal officials are considering building the $450 million facility, where workers would study large-animal diseases.

The public hearing will come after Durham's commissioners hear findings from an Environmental Impact Statement completed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in June.

Commissioners have asked that the county departments of Public Health and Emergency Management analyze that impact statement and the effects of locating the research facility in Butner.

The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Old Courthouse, 200 E. Main St.

For more information about the Board of County Commissioners meeting, contact the Clerk to the Board at 560-0025.

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