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News :: Social Welfare
Outraged Community Residents Sue to Stop BU's Federally Funded Bio-Lab
19 May 2006
Law Suit Alleges Violations of the National Environmental Policy Act

This is a summary of the law suit filed on May 18th by community activists in the Southend and Roxbury who want to stop BU's proposed Bio-Saftey Level 4 lab from being built.
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Outraged Community Residents Sue to Stop BU's Fedrally Funded Bio-Lab
The Conservation Law Foundation, representing itself and its members, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Andrew Rainer of the law firm of McRoberts, Roberts & Rainer, representing five named community residents, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for Massachusetts on May 18, 2006, against the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Elias Zerhouni, Director of NIH. The lawsuit alleges that NIH and Zerhouni "improperly reviewed, approved, and funded" the BU Bioterrorism Lab.

"The plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment that the defendants have violated the legal mandates and regulatory requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 et seq. (hereinafter “NEPA”) and the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq. (hereinafter “APA”) in that the defendants have approved a project and awarded federal funds for the BioLab without conducting a programmatic environmental review regarding the siting of these facilities, without taking a comprehensive, objective look at the environmental risks to public health associated with siting this particular facility in Roxbury and the South End, and without considering alternative sites that would present fewer environmental and public health risks."

The lawsuit claims that NIH and Zerhouni:

Failed to Properly Assess Environmental Risks and Impacts on Public Health Associated with the Lab.
Failed to Consider Alternative Sites for the Lab.
Failed to Conduct Environmental Review of the National Program to Enhance Biodefense Infrastructure. The plaintiffs ask the court to stop all federal funding for the lab.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LAWSUIT:
http://www.clf.org/general/internal.asp?id=857

LEARN MORE ABOUT BU LAB:
http://www.clf.org/programs/index.asp?id=432
See also:
http://boston.indymedia.org/feature/display/82051/index.php
http://boston.indymedia.org/feature/display/79384/index.php

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Re: Outraged Community Residents Sue to Stop BU's Fedrally Funded Bio-Lab
19 May 2006
this is great to see. keep up the good work y'all.
Re: Outraged Community Residents Sue to Stop BU's Federally Funded Bio-Lab
20 May 2006
the banner in the picture above is hung on a main BU building on Comm Ave., not on someone's brownstone or apartment in the South End. . .
Re: Outraged Community Residents Sue to Stop BU's Federally Funded Bio-Lab
21 May 2006
As a genuine conservative (the Bushes are NOT conservatives) , i.e., pro-local control, anti-big government, big business, big labor, I say that this is an example of what we need: community power. In the spirit of Jefferson and Tom Paine, GO FOR IT!
Re: Outraged Community Residents Sue to Stop BU's Federally Funded Bio-Lab
22 May 2006
I think the silver lining is that we will have better doctor and hospital preparedness in times of outbreaks like birsd flu or ebola, you cant measure the indirect benefits benefiting a citys resources with university fundings to help prepare for emergncies.

David Deburro
Retired Police Officer
Progressive thinker/author
Methuen Mass.
Build This Horror Story In The Deans Back Yard!
01 Jun 2006
Unfortunately, the media is failing all of us again. Why is it, there has to be an accident to wake people up? If this lab ever has an accident? It could cost many lives. Is this worth the study of deadly viruses? No. The best place to study deadly viruses would be Block Island. Not Boston.
I can't believe that our Representatives aren't speaking out. What is their problem?