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The New Jersey Legislature today passed a joint resolution authorizing the financing and construction by the New Jersey Building Authority of a new $139 million Public Health, Environmental, and Agricultural Laboratory for use by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Agriculture.
“A new Public Health, Environmental, and Agricultural Laboratory is a critical resource for the protection of the health and safety of all New Jerseyans,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. “This new facility will increase the State’s capability and capacity to detect and identify environmental contamination and human and animal diseases, including emerging infections like SARS and terrorist-related health threats.”
“The agriculture and food complex represents $64 billion a year to
Among other benefits, the new state laboratory will increase our ability to perform newborn screening for metabolic abnormalities, testing for communicable diseases, evaluation for food safety, and assessment of environmental samples for possible contamination.
The new laboratory will comprise a 275,000 square-foot facility that will include specialized work areas and containment units for the safe handling and testing of terrorism agents and emerging or novel microorganisms of public health concern. The facility will also include a necropsy laboratory to detect animal borne diseases that threaten both animals and humans. A plant science laboratory “greenhouse” will provide evaluation and prevention of threats to the state’s agricultural resources.
The new laboratory will replace the current state laboratory in
The proposed location for the new facility will be at New Jersey State Police Headquarters site in
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P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360