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The Other Manhattan Project

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.
Brian Grimmett
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Harvest Public Media
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 

The plan was to have it up and running last year. But that date has fallen ever deeper into the future. At best, it’ll open in 2022, at a price that surpasses the original budget by $800 million.

Part I: The Complex by Laura ZieglerPart II: The Research by Brian GrimmettPart III: The Community by Laura Ziegler

The Other Manhattan Project
The Other Manhattan Project

Copyright 2019 Harvest Public Media

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Laura Ziegler began her career at KCUR as a reporter more than 20 years ago. She became the news director in the mid 1980's and in 1988, went to National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. as a producer for Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon.
Brian Grimmett is a two-time Regional Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist covering energy and environment stories across the state of Kansas.