April 23, 2006 - Posted at 12:39 p.m. CST
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) _ The Pine Bluff Arsenal is one of several
facilities hoping to become the sites of a federal center that
would assess biological threats to the country.
An Arkansas and Louisiana consortium has applied for the
National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Its proposal is one of 29
submitted to the federal government.
The proposal calls for a 450 million dollar,
500-thousand-square foot facility on at least 30 acres. The
operation would employ 250 people.
The center would involve Homeland Security, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. A Homeland Security spokesman says that once the site is
chosen construction could start in about three years and the center
could open in 2011.