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Announcement :: Social Welfare
PACK THE COURT - Stop construction of Level 4 BioLab in the South End!
02 Sep 2006
Stop BU's Biolab construction in the South End!

Pack the Court!
Stop BU's Biolab construction in the South End!

Pack the Court!
Come to Moakley Federal Courthouse and
bring seven people with you.

Wednesday September 6 at 2:30 pm

Directions: The Moakley Courthouse (1 Courthouse Way, Suite 1420) is
located in South Boston next to Fort Point
Channel. Take the Silver Line from South Station.

The Suffolk County Superior Court judge
ruled that Boston University must resubmit its environmental impact statement and answer two questions it dodged the first time:
"1. What is the worst that can happen if a laboratory worker were infected with a contagious pathogen he was studying, and
2) Would the impact be significantly less if the Biolab were located outside of a city."
Biolab opponents say that if BU really answers those questions, it will be obvious that the lab shouldn't be built.

Now's the time for us to push and end this project

For more information, E-mail : safetynetrox (at) yahoo.com

A Victory in State Court for the Stop the Bioterror Lab Campaign
Federal Court Hearing, Sept. 6, 2:30

Last week, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Ralph Gants vacated a 2004 decision by the former Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs Ellen Roy Hertfelder that approved Boston University's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the BSL4 lab.

This court decision is a wonderful victory and a great shot-in-the-arm for the campaign. Now, we hope the Boston Inspectional Services Dept. will do the right thing and order a halt to construction. Since the judge has voided the MEPA review as well as the BRA land transfer and the Dept. of Environmental Protection permits, allowing construction to continue is an obvious violation of the court order.

SAVE THE DATE: Sept. 6th at 2:30 PM at the Joe Moakley Federal Court House there will be a hearing on a second court case that challenges the federal environmental impact review. We need to pack the court room to build on the momentum we have going. The original federal review has as many flaws as the state review. Most important, the federal judge can issue an injunction to stop construction of the lab YES, WE CAN STOP THIS LAB!!!

More on the court decision: Judge Gants wrote "the Biolab, with its BSL-4 laboratory, is no ordinary project, and the potential risks it poses to the environment and public health are extraordinary and, potentially, catastrophic."

In addition to vacating the certification of the Biolab project, he also ordered Boston University to resubmit its EIR with answers to two main questions, "1. What is the worst that can happen if a laboratory worker were infected with a contagious pathogen he was studying, and 2) Would the impact be significantly less if the Biolab were located outside of a city."

Klare Allen, Safety Net member and one of the plaintiffs hailed the decision saying "Boston University has been ducking and dodging our questions for over four years. They keep telling us that this project poses no risk to the public. This decision is vindication for those of us that have stood our ground and said we will not accept this in our community. And now they say they are going to continue construction while they appeal this case, their arrogance and disregard for community residents is sickening." Douglas Wilkins, attorney from Anderson & Kreiger, LLP representing Safety Net members said "The court made the correct decision to reject BU's reports and to require a serious look at the issues. Putting a biolab in the middle of densely packed urban neighborhoods is a recipe for disaster. If BU and the state conduct a real review, they should conclude that this lab cannot be placed in the City of Boston because of the risks it poses to the hundreds of thousands of residents that live and commute to Boston every day." Councilor Chuck Turner, who has authored an ordinance that would ban the biolab in the City of Boston, and another that explores the risk of these pathogens being transported through Boston neighborhoods said, "This decision was plain and simple. The community has been saying this process had been rubber stamped the entire way, and this decision proved them right. The court understood that 'it is necessary that a public agency considering such a project come to grips with the true risks posed by the Project'

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support from the south
02 Sep 2006
just want to express my solidarity from down here in North Carolina. I have been telling people here about the struggle in Boston. wish I could be there in person on wednesday.
keep up the struggle.