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More city and county questions on biolab

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Monday at a public hearing before to the Board of Commissioners on the proposed bio-defense lab for Butner, the Environmental Affairs Board presented a detailed report on its questions about the lab, and the unanswered concerns from the draft Environmental Impact Statement released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

I thought I would attach these documents (please excuse my highlighting) to let interested readers peruse them. There are several detailed concerns that are mentioned in the pages—too many to detail here.

The documents might offer a better explanation to readers, especially those who are confused by some of the details. These are great explainers.

There is a March memo (we are experiencing technical difficulties in uploading - please bear with us) from the EAB to the city council and commissioners, then a subsequent Aug. 8 memo that details the timeline in Durham County. That helps because it includes comments from the city council, the commissioners and the public at an Aug. 6 public workshop on the biolab.

Finally, there is the executive summary of the federal Environmental Impact Statement, which boils down some of the 1,000-plus pages of the EIS.

For other documents on the biolab, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does have this page that offers more detail, other documents, and contact information for where citizens may send their comments. The deadline is Aug. 25.

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