ST. LOUIS — Former Sen. Jim Talent is vice chairman of a panel that believes the nation could face another terrorism attack by the end of 2013, possibly involving a biological agent.
Talent told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he supports a new bill to mandate security standards at American labs that house the world's most dangerous germs. The proposed legislation also establishes the Postal Service as a way to distribute medicine to the public if such an attack happened.
The Republican helps lead a panel that grew out of the 9/11 Commission, advising about national security. Talent lost his Senate race against Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2006.