a release. Language in the Fiscal
2013 defense policy act instructed the Pentagon to conduct an
environmental assessment (e.g., impact on air and water quality, noise levels) of operating a Continental
United States Interceptor Site, or CIS, at one of four locations in the eastern
United States: Fort Drum; Camp Ravenna, Ohio; Fort Custer, Mich.; and Kittery,
Maine. Rounds of information exchange with the public are one component of the
assessment process. Similar meetings have already taken place in Ohio and Maine
and are scheduled in Michigan later this month. The United States already bases
anti-missile missiles at Fort Greely, Alaska, and at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., to
protect the country from a limited, long-range missile attack by North Korea or
Iran. An additional interceptor site would enhance that protection, but there’s
been no decision yet to construct the CIS, according to the agency. The
environmental assessment is scheduled for completion in late 2015.
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