I appreciate the Athens Banner-Herald's coverage of Wednesday's community meeting on the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility ( Story, "NBAF debate rolls on," Thursday). I would, however, like to note something further about the two recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution articles from which I quoted. The articles said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta had identified "more than 100 lab incidents involving certain bioterror agents ... from 2003 through August (2007)" and that "916 workers in 254 clinical labs, including 57 in Georgia, ... were potentially exposed to the deadly Brucella pathogen during a national preparedness survey conducted last fall." These constitute lapses far more serious than suggested at the meeting by a University of Georgia veterinary science professor, who had worked at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. That professor said most of those violations constituted things like an employee not taking off his watch before entering a building.
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