Committee Scope

The Committee is concerned with current and future laboratories; past contamination issues are outside of its scope. It operates independently of all containment laboratories and has no control or authority over any containment laboratory functions.

The Committee is accountable to the public, and to the Frederick County Government and City of Frederick.

Containment Laboratories

The Committee addresses matters that could impact the community's health and safety associated with the planning, design, construction, operation, and disposition of all Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3) and Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) containment laboratories in Frederick County.

These laboratories include those associated with the National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC) at Fort Detrick, as well as any other government or private laboratories operating within Frederick County. Included are the existing and planned laboratories operated by the:

  • Army (United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and others)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
  • Navy
  • Other federal agencies

Non-Laboratory Functions

Non-laboratory functions performed at Fort Detrick and in the Community that support public safety and health vis a vis the containment laboratories are included. The scope of this Committee excludes routine daily garrison activities not related to containment laboratories or public safety and health concerns. 

The cleanup or restoration of Area B is under the purview of the Area B Restoration Advisory Board. The Committee scope excludes the Fort Detrick cancer cluster study initiated in 2010.