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Boston City Council Hearing: Stop BSL4 Research in Boston.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Boston City Hall - City Hall Plaza • City Council Chambers - 5th floor • State St. or Park St. T --Govt. Center T is closed
2014 Apr 16 - 4:00pm
2014 Apr 16 - 8:00pm

There will be a hearing on the Ordinance to Prohibit BSL4 Research in the Boston City Council chambers at City Hall.  The Coalition to Stop the BU Biolab is very excited that we finally have an opportunity to stop the lab.  We have three sponsors -- Charles Yancey, Tito Jackson, and Ayanna Pressley,  on record opposition to BSL4 research by the mayor, and statements of support from a majority of the Council.

 
The Boston City Council Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Councilors Michael Flaherty and Tito Jackson, will  hold a public hearing in the Council Chambers which is located in the 5th floor in Boston City Hall on: 

 

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Environmental Justice Denied: Why the BU Bio-Terror Lab Must Be Stopped

by Klare X Allen and Vicky Steinitz

This article appears in the Poor People's United Fund Newsletter.

Klare AllenThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” Fair treatment means  "no group of people should have to deal with an unequal share of the harmful environmental effects that happen because of policies or operations run by businesses or government.” Meaningful involvement means that “potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions.

In Massachusetts, the Environmental Justice Policy of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) aims to remedy “the disproportionate share of environmental burdens experienced by lower-income people and communities of color who, at the same time, often lack environmental assets in their neighborhoods. The policy is designed to help ensure their protection from environmental pollution as well as promote community involvement in planning and environmental decision-making to maintain and/or enhance the environmental quality of their neighborhoods.”

Noble words, indeed! But how do we reconcile them with the National Institutes of Health’s decision to approve Boston University’s application to build The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) adjacent to low income, densely populated, Roxbury/ South End communities? Funded in the aftermath of 9/11, this lab proposes to research the most deadly, infectious, incurable pathogens known to man such as Ebola, Marburg virus, and the plague, all of which are agents that can be used in bioterrorism and biowarfare.

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Community Hearing on the BU Biolab

When: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 6:30 pm
Where: Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Bldg. • 1234 Columbus Ave • Roxbury Crossing T • Roxbury
2012 Apr 19 - 6:30pm

Welcome to BostonA public hearing on the third and latest risk assessment for the NEIDL (the Boston University bioweapons lab) has been scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 6:30-9:30 PM at Roxbury Community College,  Media Arts Building, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 0212.  The closest T stop is Roxbury Crossing.

For almost ten years, the Safety Net (a Roxbury-based community group) and the Stop the BU Bioterror Lab Coalition have successfully fought to prevent this dangerous high containment  biological laboratory from being opened in the densely populated Roxbury/South End neighborhood.  High-level containment laboratories do research on pathogens that can cause severe illness and death. The highest level (BSL-4) labs study lethal diseases that can be transmitted by air and for which there are no vaccines or treatments.  The lab is located in an Environmental Justice neighborhood which already faces significant health and environmental hazards.

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