A missile defense system in Maine? Could very well be.
Worries about North Korea and Iran eventually launching missiles aimed at the U.S. has prompted our country to begin looking for sites to house new missile defense systems. One of those sites may be in Maine.
Currently, the government is looking at Redington Township, which is to the west of Sugarloaf Mountain in Franklin County, home to The Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Facility (SERE East).
The Missile Defense Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Navy will hold "Public Scooping Meetings" here in Maine. At the moment, the main purpose of the meetings is to gauge the impact on our state's environment and to get thoughts from the public.
In the statement just released, it says:
"The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires the MDA to prepare an EIS to evaluate possible additional locations in the U.S. best suited for a potential future deployment of an interceptor site capable of protecting the homeland against threats from nations, such as North Korea and Iran."
The public meeting will be in an open house format, which provides attendees with the opportunity to talk with and ask questions of representatives from the MDA and SERE
East. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to provide verbal and written official comments. The MDA will use your input to help identify environmental and other issues to be considered in completing this EIS.
Three meetings will take place on the topic:
August 12th, 6 until 9PM at Rangeley Lakes Regional School Gym, 43 Mendolia Road in Rangeley.
August 13th, 9AM until 12 noon, at Rangeley Lakes Regional School Gym, 43 Mendolia Road in Rangeley.
August 14th, 9AM until 12 noon, at the University of Maine at Farmington, Olsen Student Center, 11 South Street in Farmington.
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