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City urged to fight U.S. lab at Butner

From Staff ReportsDecember 21, 2007 

— Four opponents of a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in neighboring Granville County presented their case to the Durham City Council on Thursday.

Lynn Kohn and Milo Pyne of Durham, Kathryn Spann of Rougemont and Hope Taylor of the nonprofit Clean Water for North Carolina said the proposed lab could release deadly pathogens into the local environment.

The speakers asked the council to go on record opposing the lab at N.C. State University's Umstead Research Farm in Butner. Butner is one of five locations for the lab being considered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The council sent the request to its environmental affairs board.

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