Having failed twice before, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and BU filed a Rsik Assessment to explain how the risks associated with placing a high-level biocontainment laboratory (the “Biolab”), that would test pathogens like ebola and the plague, are acceptable for an urban community. For the third time, the Risk Assessment does not meaningfully address the fact that the Boston location selected for siting the NEIDL comes with substantially more risk potential than rural or suburban alternative sites. NIH decided that the Risk Assessment was adequate to close out its investigation of the risks of this facility, and issued a final Record of Decision in January 2013 -- the trigger that brought the parties to this ongoing litigation back to Court. A hearing in federal court was held April 11, 2013.
The case against the BU Bio-Terror lab goes to court April 11th at Moakley Courthouse -- BE THERE!
On Thursday, April 11th, 2013, the fight for environmental justice in Boston will continue at the Moakley Courthouse. The STOP the Bio-Terror Lab Coalition will face the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Boston University (BU) in a fight to save the Boston community from the threat of accidental release of lethal, weaponized pathogens. This fight has been going on for over ten years, and needs the support of the community to win.
After over six years of assessing the possible risks posed by the proposed biocontainment lab, the NIH has not been able to adequately prove that this lab would not endanger the lives of the communities around it. The National Research Council (NRC) which is a part of the National Academies has faulted NIH’s assessments in the past as being “not sound and credible.” In July 2012, the NIH released their latest assessment of the risks associated with the proposed biocontainment lab. This time, the NRC has stated that the “failure of protective equipment and failure to follow procedures on the part of personnel are underestimated in the analyses.” This is evidence that a bio-terror lab in a location as densely populated as Roxbury and the South End could cause major damage to residents and the environment. The NIH, however, disagrees and issued a final Record of Decision in January 2013 which ended all investigations into the risks of a bioterror lab in Boston. This is what we are challenging next Thursday.
Small biocontainment lab accidents occur almost daily. Major accidents may be less common, but are a threat to everyone living in proximity to these types of labs.
• If you care about your health and well-being and the lives of your hildren and family members, be at this hearing. .
• If you care about the future of your neighborhood and neighbors in Boston, be at this hearing.
• If you care about environmental justice and the possibility of bioweapons research being carried out in Boston, be at this hearing.
Please show your solidarity and support in court on April 11th at 2:30
How to reach the Moakley Courthouse: Take the Silver Line (board at South Station on the Red Line) to the Courthouse or walk (15 minutes)
from South Station. For directions, go to ttp://www.moakleycourthouse.com