Proposed Disease Lab Stirs Up Controversy

U-W representatives answered questions concerning the lab in a public meeting. A lot of the people say building this laboratory could be hazardous to local residents.
One of the reasons is because the town of Dunn has been hit by tornadoes in the past and some believe if it happens again this facility could be destroyed and the tested diseases could be exposed to the community. Residents are concerned there are too many environmental risks with the lab.
However, building the facility will bring several jobs to the area, the lab will cover 16 acres and is a half billion dollar project.
Still some say it's irresponsible to bring the facility to to the town of Dunn.

" these facilities contain some pretty bad diseases and people are worried about a release of those diseases, " says Town of Dunn Chair Ed Minihan.
" In particular I would like to ask them, they have lots of facilities out on campus the University of Wisconsin owns a tremendous amounts of property including the Arlington farms, the forage research station, University hill stations, why here," says Dunn Resident Bernard Nelson.

Panelist did say research involving bacteria's and viruses always involves a risk but say it will be a highly controlled environment.
The town of Dunn is just 1 of 14 potential sites for the laboratory.
Final selection is expected in 2008.


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