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The U.S. General Services Administration has released its Draft Environmental Impact Study for Plum Island (PDF), located 1.5 miles off the eastern tip of Long Island, New York. In the report, the GSA recommends the sale of the 840-acre island, despite the detrimental effect it could have on its habitat and wildlife, including nesting shorebirds.

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security first proposed selling Plum Island in order to relocate the Plum Island Animal Disease Center to Kansas. The center is a federal research facility dedicated to studying foreign animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever, that could be introduced into the country in acts of agro-terrorism. It first opened in 1954 in response to disease outbreaks in Mexico and Canada.

Groups opposing the sale include Save The Sound and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

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