Report on sale of NY's Plum Island delayed again

FILE - In this undated photo released by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Plum Island, off the northern shore of New York's Long Island, is seen. Despite environmentalists concerns about the legacy of studies on dangerous animal diseases and top-secret Army germ warfare research, authorities have removed vast amounts of waste and contaminants from Plum Island. The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to sell the 840-acre pork chop-shaped island off northeastern Long Island and build a new laboratory to study dangerous animal diseases in Kansas. (AP Photo/USDA-ARS, File)

December 7, 2010 4:53:55 PM PST
A federal agency has again postponed the release of an environmental impact study regarding the sale of New York's Plum Island.

The General Services Administration is required to complete the report as part of its plan to close an animal disease lab built on the island in the 1950s. It is located off Long Island.

Officials have announced plans to move the lab to Kansas by 2018. However, a separate federal study released last month raised safety concerns about that site.

The GSA had planned to release the Plum Island study at the end of the summer. It was delayed until early December to allow additional input from federal agencies.

GSA spokeswoman Paula Santangelo said Tuesday the report will be issued in the spring. She did not immediately say why.


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