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Proposed Facility Requirements for the National Center for Toxicological Research and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

HRD-78-29: Published: Dec 19, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1977.

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A review was conducted at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Jefferson, Arkansas, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), near Durham, North Carolina, concerning planned changes in research activities and the need for additional facilities during the next 10 years, estimated costs of the planned facilities, and unnecessary overlap of research between the two activities. NCTR is jointly funded by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. NIEHS is one of the research institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

Research at NCTR is divided into three phases over the 10-year period beginning in fiscal year 1978. Phase I includes programs in 12 major areas; Phase II will continue previous programs and will add programs in inhalation toxicology and behavioral toxicology. Phase III will continue research and will add the capability to test a total of 50 possible cancer-causing chemicals a year. NCTR will need its existing facilities and new facilities. Renovation is planned to cost $45,822,631, and new construction, $63,252,014. A cost of $13,042,536 for other items such as site utilities and electrical work is also planned. NIEHS plans for fiscal years 1979-83 provide for increased staffing of six major areas of current research when a new permanent facility is completed. NIEHS officials plan to continue to occupy existing facilities and to complete construction of a new permanent facility. As ofJuly 30, 1977, $70,892,500 had been appropriated for the design and construction of the permanent facilities. No unintentional overlap of research between the two organizations was identified; however, their missions are similar. NCTR approaches the problems of toxicity based on the needs of the regulatory agencies. NIEHS' research objective is to increase the body of knowledge in the field of toxicity.

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