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Report To Recommend Sale Of Plum Island

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Plum Island (from Department of Homeland Security)

Plum Island (from Department of Homeland Security)

By FRANK ELTMAN,  Associated Press

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) _ A report due out later this week recommends the federal government proceed with the sale of New York’s Plum Island, home to the country’s only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could affect the livestock industry.

The remote 840-acre island is off the eastern tip of Long Island. The government plans to close the lab and open a new $1.14 billion facility in Kansas.

A draft of the General Services Administration’s environmental impact statement on the sale of Plum Island will be published Friday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report Wednesday afternoon.

The report examines possible future uses for the island, including housing or a nature preserve. But it does not recommend
what use is best. It also does not estimate a sale price.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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