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Debate Over Future Of Plum Island

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Plum Island (from Department of Homeland Security)

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By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ Debate is raging over the proposed sale of Plum Island, the mysterious place off eastern Long Island where infectious animal diseases have been studied since the 1950s.

One federal agency is preparing a final report on the proposed sale.
Meanwhile, officials in Southold will vote Tuesday on new zoning laws that will prevent any significant development of the 843-acre property should be sold.

And some New York and Connecticut lawmakers are now suggesting that the idea to sell the island be scrapped entirely.

Congress voted in 2009 to close the aging laboratory, which earned a mention in the Oscar-winning movie “The Silence of the Lambs.”
The 2009 bill envisions using proceeds from the sale to defray the costs of moving operations to a new laboratory at Kansas State University.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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