The Department of Homeland Security is committed to openness and transparency with regard to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). This page contains links to documents for public consumption that are significant to the NBAF program.
The DHS Science & Technology Directorate will transfer ownership and operational responsibility for the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), located in Manhattan, Kansas, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in spring 2023.
For the latest information on the new NBAF facility, please visit the USDA’s NBAF web site at https://www.usda.gov/nbaf.
Record of Decision
The Record of Decision (ROD), which documents the agency’s final decision, was signed on January 12, 2009 and published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009. The Manhattan, Kansas site was selected for the construction and operation of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. All comments on the NBAF Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were considered before the Record of Decision was issued.
Environmental Impact Statement
The Department of Homeland Security prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate siting alternatives for the construction and operation of a proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NBAF Final EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of taking no action, as well as siting, constructing and operating the proposed NBAF at the six site alternatives.
Appendix H is the Comment Response Document of the NBAF Final EIS, showing the comments submitted on the NBAF Draft EIS and the Department's response to those comments.
Instructions for how to locate a specific comment that was submitted on the NBAF Draft EIS and the associated Department response are located in the Section 1.4 of Appendix H, available from the link below:
After you have identified the file name where your comment is located, navigate to the page below and click on that file name to find the comment and the Department response. Please note that Chapter 2 of Appendix H is not readable by accessibility software due to its format.
If assistance is required to read this document, please contact the Department via e-mail at SandTNatLabs@hq.dhs.gov.
The Department received a small number of comment documents that were postmarked before the end of the comment period (August 25, 2008), but were not delivered to the NBAF Program Office in time for publication in the CRD. The Department did consider the comments and posted both the comments and responses.
Other historical documents related to the EIS include the following:
- NBAF Draft Environmental Impact Statement
- NBAF Environmental Impact Statement Support Documents
- NBAF EIS Scoping NBAF Report
- Final Selection Memorandum
- Plum Island Memorandum for the Record
- Preferred Alternative Memorandum
- Letter to each consortia on December 8, 2006
- Federal Register on January 19, 2006
- Site offer verification Letter on February 29, 2008