30 July 2009

PLUM ISLAND — JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT ...


The Government Accounting Office (GAO), which does studies on the things our government thinks up to ascertain whether or not the conclusions derived by the people who do the studies of the things they want to do — are you following that? — are valid, released its finding on the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) decision to close the Plum Island Animal Disease Center facility and open one in Kansas.

The 64 page report points out all of the "oops" factors in the DHS modelling on whether or not it's safer to study FMD (foot and mouth disease), which is 100-percent infectious to livestock, on an island or in the middle of America.

Bottom line?

The GAO says that Plum Island should remain the research center.

All you anti-PIers can break out your placards ... Plum Island's baaa-aack!

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