EPA lab gets a 'green light' from the Senate

September 11, 1992

Money to design a $42 million Environmental Protection Agency Laboratory in Annapolis passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday night.

The 150,000-square-foot chemical analysis and environmental science center would merge EPA research facilities in Annapolis and Beltsville.

It would provide office and research space to 180 scientists, technicians and administrative staff -- the analytical brains behind the EPA's Chesapeake Bay and hazardous waste cleanup programs.

The EPA is outgrowing the 12-year-old Environmental Science Center on Bestgate Road, which investigates hazardous waste sites in Maryland and the surrounding states.

The U.S. General Services Administration had proposed building new laboratory last winter on 15 to 20 acres near Annapolis. However, President Bush's budget office killed the project.

The Senate action would give the EPA $3.2 million to design and plan the laboratory, said Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md.

The measure now goes to a House-Senate conference committee.

The new laboratory also will house the EPA's Analytical Chemistry Laboratory located in Beltsville, expanding its ability to biologically test pesticides, hospital disinfectants and related products.

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