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There are 5 comments on NEIDL Ventilation Monitoring Was Temporarily Halted

  1. I’ve taken a tour of NEIDL and learned about its safety and security systems. The fearmongering about this facility needs to stop, it’s political opportunism (especially from Tito Jackson, who is employing a classic “you should be afraid of this thing you don’t understand, and if you vote for me I promise I’ll protect you from it” strategy).

    This is actually a story about the system working as it should. Even if research had been going on at the time, there was never any danger to the general public because the backup systems did their jobs.

    NEIDL poses no danger to neighborhood. The labs where the most dangerous research is conducted are contained within a “building inside the building.” Ventilation systems can be isolated. A terrorist would have no chance of setting off a device that could cause pathogens to be released, first of all if they set off a bomb it probably wouldn’t even touch the inside of that “building inside the building,” it would only damage the external building. But they would never even get that far to begin with. You have to go through multiple security checkpoints before you can get close to the building, and the iron fence surrounding the property is so strong that you could drive into with a tractor-trailer truck and you still wouldn’t get through.

    What if there was an earthquake in Boston? Or a tsunami hit the coast? Well, NEIDL would probably be the safest place to be in the entire city if that happened. BELIEVE IT.

  2. OK, but people would have felt a LOT safer if this lab were far out of a crowded place. True, this particular failure (even before the lab has begun to operate) may not have been a significant threat to the public. But what when it is? Where will people run to escape? Having a lab in the heart of the city where traffic is jammed even on good days is a stupid, STUPID, idea. Period.

    1. There’s nothing to escape from. The building is designed to contain any pathogens. There is no threat to the public. Just because you’re afraid doesn’t mean you’re really at risk. The “danger” is all in your mind, because you’re ignorant about what’s going on there and how.

      The lab’s location wasn’t chosen randomly. It’s where it is because many of the researchers there also work in the surrounding medical facilities, and they collaborate with other medical researchers in the area. That collaboration wouldn’t be possible if the lab was in the middle of nowhere, and the people working at the lab aren’t going to commute to the middle of nowhere just because you’re afraid of something you don’t understand.

      There are many infectious disease research labs ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. All of them are located in crowded places for the same reason. You just never heard of those other ones, and it never occurred to you to be afraid of infectious disease research labs until some fearmonger told you to be afraid of this one.

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