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Briefing Date:11/28/2007
Topic:Technical Input on the National Institutes of Health's Draft Supplementary Risk Assessments and Site Suitability Analyses for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston University:
A Letter Report

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Life Sciences
Committee on Technical Input on the NIH's Draft Supplementary Risk Assessments and
Site Suitability Analyses for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston University

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
316 Ford House Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
527 Hart Senate Office Bldg. – 3:00 p.m.
2456 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.
and
Friday, November 30, 2007
131 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 11:00 a.m.

on

Technical Input on the National Institutes of Health's Draft Supplementary Risk Assessments and Site Suitability Analyses for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston University:
A Letter Report

This letter report provides technical input on the adequacy of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) document "Draft Supplementary Risk Assessments and Site Suitability Analyses for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston University,” which was prepared to address aspects of the construction of a proposed National Biocontainment Laboratory containing a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facility in Boston's South End. The National Research Council (NRC) committee reviewed the NIH study and addressed the following specific questions provided by officials of the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:

The questions addressed by the NRC letter report solely pertain to the scientific adequacy of the risk assessment and other analytical methodologies used in the NIH study and whether the NIH report responds to the state's questions in a scientifically sound and credible manner.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The letter report was publicly released on November 29, 2007, and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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