The Fate of Plum Island

Senator Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Joe Courtney, boarded a boat from The Sound School and took a tour around Plum Island Wednesday afternoon. The 843 acre island on Long Island Sound is home to a federal animal disease testing research facility but may be for sale in the near future. The facility will be relocated to Kansas and the government is hoping that a private sale will help pay for the new lab. Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Courtney do not want the island sold to private parties and would like to see it kept as it is as a park and wildlife habitat.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, left,  and Rep. Joe Courtney look out at Plum Island.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, left, and Rep. Joe Courtney look out at Plum Island.

Lab 257 is the original research building for testing diseased animals  and was closed down in the 1970's. The ramp at right was used to offload animals from the boats.

Lab 257 is the original research building for testing diseased animals and was closed down in the 1970′s. The ramp at right was used to offload animals from the boats.

 The current lab facility on Plum Island is surrounded by fences and No trespassing signs.


The current lab facility on Plum Island is surrounded by fences and No trespassing signs.

 

The original lighthouse on Plum Island is a familiar site to boaters traveling through Plum Gut.

The original lighthouse on Plum Island is a familiar site to boaters traveling through Plum Gut.

 The current lab facility on Plum Island is surrounded by fences and No trespassing signs.

The current lab facility on Plum Island is surrounded by fences and No trespassing signs.

 

 

 

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