Sen. Mikulski visits new ECBC lab

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) visited the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center on Tuesday to open the doors to the recently finished Advanced Chemical Laboratory (ACL).

Mikulski, a long-time advocate of science and technology defense efforts at ECBC and Aberdeen Proving Ground, attended the ACL's ribbon cutting ceremony. ACL was designed with safety and flexibility in mind to deal with evolving chemical threats and address the ECBC's chemical defense mission.

"We want to ensure that you have the best, safest, and most state-of-the art facilities," Mikulski said. "Whether you wear a uniform or are part of the civilian workforce here, we value you."

Mikulski said she has worked with DoD leadership to ensure that organizations have the resources they require to conduct their mission.

"We were seriously worried that the facilities were dated and would be dangerous to the men and women here trying to work on solutions that we would not be able to modernize for the new weapons of war," Mikulski said. "A great country can protect itself, but an even greater country can protect itself and the world. Working as Team Maryland, we made sure you had the tools you needed."

The 40,000-square-foot ACL cost $62 million and took more than 10 years to complete. One-third of the costs were committed to fume hoods, engineering controls and filters to allow scientists to conduct filtration and decontamination initiatives.