A decision on locating the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility was expected in December, but Department of Homeland Security spokesman John Verrico said the agency might delay the decision until next year.
Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Melissa Medley said DHS' delay concerns state supporters of the lab.
“We're aware that if it's pushed out, it can mean changes,” Medley said, including increases in the cost to build the laboratory.
Verrico said a final environmental impact statement - which would recommend one of the six sites in contention - would likely be released the first or second week of December and a final decision made 30 days later.
That means the decision on the biolab's location could be made just days before President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in.
But it's more likely the decision will be made after Obama is inaugurated, said Lanier Avant, chief of staff to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-2nd District.However, while our $500 Million Jackpot Disease Center N-BAF languishes, other Bush agendas are spinning madly out the rapidly closing door ... Foul oil shale extraction in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, as well a slew of outright badnesses.
Up to ninety proposed regulations could be finalized by the outgoing administration, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment. According to the Washington Post, the new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era. They include rules that could weaken workplace safety protections, allow local police to spy in the so-called “war on terror” and make it easier for federal agencies to ignore the Endangered Species Act.