The Associated Press

Controversial Boston Biolab Gets Federal Approval

 The Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (Lynn Jolicoeur for WBUR)

The Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (Lynn Jolicoeur for WBUR)

BOSTON — Federal regulators have given Boston University approval to open an infectious disease research lab that has sparked years of opposition from neighbors.

In a notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register, the National Institutes of Health said that after “careful consideration” it has concluded that BU’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories in the city’s South End, which will perform research on some of the world’s deadliest germs, “poses minimal risk to the community.”

The decision clears the way for final state environmental review, which has been in limbo pending the federal decision.

The 192,000-square-foot lab still faces legal challenges.

A lawyer for neighbors suing to block the lab told The Boston Globe there are still “gaps in the assessment.”

The lab is already studying less dangerous agents.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693667396 John A Keith

    Correction: years of opposition from *some neighbors.

  • Louis B.

    The arrogance of BU towards all the surrounding communities is breathtaking, not just in this but in all community issues. They should have sited this lab in an outlying area, but placed the convenience of their staff — and their grandiose fantasies of a “world-class campus” — above the health and safety of their neighbors. As for the so-called federal oversight, they’re a mix of paid-for shills and outright incompetence.

  • Mike S.

    NiMBY, NIMBY, NIMBY Before BU jumped in the area around Boston City was an absolute eyesore and dumping ground with little to no business around it. I remember seeing Ray Flynn riding around that area on xmas eve shortly after a double stabbing…The round building across the street now an attractive hotel had trees growing out of it before BU moved in neighborhood safety… are you kidding. Where would you like the jobs and revenue to go Louis B. to the desert in Arizona???

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