Tuesday, October 2, 2007

No tears for failed bio-lab

Maybe Tracy residents weren't so crazy for opposing a biological research facility at Site 300.

A recent Associated Press report details that since 2003, more than 100 incidents involving accidents or missing shipments of material have occured in United States laboratories that handle the world's deadliest germs.

Guess that answers some of the questions Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory officials wouldn't answer about the safety of such facilities.

All in all, these facilities are pretty tightly regulated. I think that, in the end, it was officials' unwillingness (or inability) to answer the questions of concerned citizens in a straightforward manner that turned the tide of Tracy opinion against the bio-lab.

That's probably why most folks didn't think they could trust the folks handling deadly germs and radioactive materials.

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