In the fiscal year 2004 Transportation Appropriations bill, Senator Shelby secured $8.5 million for the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a program to analyze and study cabin air decontamination in airplanes. Of these funds, the Center for Domestic Preparedness at Fort McClellan is set to receive $3.75 million to develop an operations and training program of procedures and techniques for aircraft decontamination.
Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that the FAA has selected Auburn University as a “Center for Excellence” to study cabin air quality. Auburn University has some of the finest scientists in the country, and their participation will be an important asset to this program. I am hopeful that Auburn will utilize many resources available to them in Alabama, such as the Center for Domestic Preparedness, to best determine ways to detect and defeat chemical and biological threats. In our post September 11th world, must continue to study and protect against the many unknown threats that we may face.”
A number of other universities including Boise State University, the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, Kansas State University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Purdue University will also participate in this effort.