Feb. public hearing set on Boston University’s South End bio lab

by jeeg 20. December 2011 22:06

Circle the calendar.

Federal regulators have scheduled a February 16 hearing in Roxbury for the public to comment on the latest safety report, known as a risk assessment, on Boston University’s controversial high-security research laboratory.

The meeting is slated for Hibernian Hall, on Dudley Street, but no time has yet been announced.

The National Institutes of Health, which is conducting the hearing, said in a posting on its website today that it will provide further details soon. It also said that the final draft report will be available to the public sometime in early 2012.

An independent scientific panel advising the NIH on the safety risks posed by the infectious-disease lab concluded in a report released last week that the government’s assessment of risks is significantly improved and nearly ready for public comment.

The scientists noted several areas of concern that still need addressing, but said the 1,700-page federal safety assessment was on solid ground and the independent panel’s oversight was no longer needed.

The federal safety review was triggered by legal action to block the South End project, which was first proposed nearly nine years ago and which has sat finished but largely empty since 2008.

Kay Lazar, Boston Globe 



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