Carteret County News-Times reporting that Pivers Island NOAA Lab may close.

Mike Shutak reported in the Thursday edition of the CNT as follows:

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014-15 budget request has been presented to Congress for approval.  This request includes a proposal to close the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab on Pivers Island.

Ciaran Clayton, director of NOAA’s Communications and External Affairs, confirmed the proposal.  She said in an email to the News-Times Wednesday the lab has conducted valuable fisheries and coastal science for more than 100 years.

“However, this aging facility requires infrastructure repairs and improvements exceeding agency budget resources now and for the foreseeable future,” she said.  “The president’s FY2015 budget request addresses this challenge by proposing closure of the lab.  The proposal requires congressional approval.”

The complete CNT article can be read HERE.