Plum Island’s past as a secret military base has been the subject of a number of conspiracy theories after years. Even though the lab will be moving to Kansas sometime around 2020, officials continue to do community outreach tours in an effort to improve the island’s image.
The outward face of the tours is Plum Island’s public affairs officer, Jason Golden.
Golden said he gives tours a lot, about once a week during the summertime. It’s part of a conscious effort to show the local community Plum Island is, in Golden’s words, “secure, but not secret.”