Information session for the community to learn about the latest risk assessment of the the BU Biolab.
Eight years and three flawed risk assessments later, the National Institutes of Health and Boston University are still trying to convince the community that the BSL4 lab they plan to open in the Roxbury/South End neighborhood of Boston will not present a danger to the community. And so the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel and Tetra Tech, the latest firm to try its hand at assessing the lab’s risks, are coming to Boston to tell us what they’ve been up to.
They’ve scheduled this meeting at the Copley Sq. Marriot. First, we must tell NIH and BU that it’s a contradiction in terms to schedule a community meeting outside the community in a high-end shopping mall. Then, we must tell them that they long ago lost all credibility and we can’t trust them with our lives and our children’s lives.
We have done a miraculous job of putting a hold on this perilous lab. But the battle is not over. This meeting will require a big turnout, to convey our views back to the Panel. PLEASE JOIN US.
The Federal Register Notice of the meeting is here (HTML) (PDF). The official agenda: "The purpose of the meeting is to update the community on the status and proposed approach of the risk assessment for the BUMC NEIDL. The meeting program will include presentations providing an overview of the study process, as well as breakout sessions offering more detailed presentations and dialogue about the proposed analytical approach. The meeting will be videocast live and also will be available to view afterward as an archived video. To access the video link, visit http://videocast.nih.gov on the day of the meeting or check back afterward for a direct link to the archived video."
-- The Coalition to Stop the Bio-terror Lab