Conservationists eye Plum Island for future wildlife refuge

May 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Land

Because of the risks associated with the viruses researched at the lab, the public has been banned from the island.

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound, the Fishers Island Conservancy, the Connecticut chapter of the Nature Conservancy and a new organization, the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, comprising 24 environmental groups and experts, began making their case to the federal government, which owns the island, at two meetings this week.

Visit CFE’s Plum Island page on the web here.

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One Comment to “Conservationists eye Plum Island for future wildlife refuge”

  1. Remy C. says:

    “Plum Island lab would remain open at least until 2018… The existing lab, opened in 1954, is outdated… The kinds of animal diseases that currently need to be studied require a higher level of biological protection and security for the scientists and the public than the Plum Island lab can handle, listing eight livestock viruses that are the main concerns, some of which can pass from animals to humans.”
    Guess it’s not a done deal, and such talk sure inspire confidence… In God We Trust!

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