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Tuesday, March 11, 2008  
Group sues to halt biosafety laboratory

By: Betsy Mason
Published In: Contra Costa Times

Livermore-based Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment's lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco claims that the Department of Energy began work at the lab without a full Environmental Impact Statement that assesses the potential for a terrorist attack and without the required public comment process.

"The DOE has refused to do an adequate analysis of the risks posed by this biowarfare research facility," said Marylia Kelley, executive director of Tri-Valley CAREs. "And the risks are extreme."

In addition to being an attractive target for terrorists, Kelley says the October revelation that anthrax shipped by Livermore lab in 2005 was improperly packed resulting in two open vials is proof that the lab cannot be trusted to protect the public from the deadly pathogens that will be shipped in and out of the facility.

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