Maine to receive more than $3 million to aid bioterror research

More than $3 million will be set aside for bioterrorism research in Maine by the Department of Defense's new appropriation bill, which has been sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.

"This legislation will provide funding for essential training, equipment, and support to our troops as they bravely and skillfully engage in national security efforts at home and abroad," Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Senate Armed Services Committees, said in a press release.

"This is a critical time in our nation's history and the Senate has, once again, demonstrated its strong support of our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines," Collins said. In addition, the funding in this bill will help continue the valuable contributions of Maine companies to our national security."

The bill will grant $1.9 million to Orono Spectral Solutions to continue its development of an infrared detection system for chemical and biological agents.

Another $1.3 million will be set aside for Sensor Research & Development in Orono, Maine, for real time test monitoring of chemical agents, chemical agent stimulants and toxic industrial chemicals.

The appropriations bill also earmarks $1.6 million to go to the Maine Institute for Human Genetics & Health in Brewer, Maine, for technologies meant to support the health care challenges in the military and to address the reduction of disease risks in unique population segments that are exposed to environmental or stress hazards.