Senators Fasano and Stillman Challenge Proposal to Upgrade Plum Island’s Bio Lab Facility

August 26, 2008

Senators: Population Density, Proximity to International Airports Make Long Island Sound Too Dangerous for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

Hartford, CT – State Senators Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and Andrea Stillman (D-Waterford) are challenging a proposal by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DPH) to locate a new bio-terrorism research facility on Plum Island, eight miles off the coast of Connecticut in Long Island Sound. The DPH is considering Plum Island, already home to an animal disease research center, as a potential site for a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility where some of the world’s deadliest biological threats will be studied.

Fasano and Stillman, both of whom have served as co-Chairs of Connecticut’s Long Island Sound LNG Task Force, wrote DPH on Monday to express their concerns about the project and to urge the department to remove Plum Island from the list of potential sites due to, among other things, the region’s population density and proximity to international airports.