Word has leaked out: The new $450 million federal lab to replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center will be built in Manhattan, Kansas. The Associated Press broke the story  this afternoon, citing a briefing that officials of the Department of Homeland Security gave to lawmakers late on Tuesday.
Kansas State University, which will manage the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility after it gets built in 2012, outcompeted bids by 28 other organizations. Five were short-listed  last year. The new lab will do research on some of the world's deadliest animal diseases such as anthrax and African swine fever. Some environmentalists have opposed relocating the lab from Plum Island, off of Long Island, New York, onto the mainland because of safety concerns. DHS is expected to announce the decision later this week, after issuing an environmental impact statement about the site.