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Northern Franklin County considered for missile defense site

posted Sep 13, 2013, 7:49 AM by Stephanie Allemann   [ updated Sep 13, 2013, 7:49 AM by Loon Lake Association ]
Thanks to Ernie Gurney for bringing this to our attention!

Posted  • September 12, 2013 •

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A location in northern Franklin County is one of five currently under consideration for construction of a missile defense site.

Federally-owned land in Redington Township, currently the U.S. Navy's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training site, is on a list of five sites under consideration by the Missile Defense Agency, according to a letter written by MDA Director and Admiral James Syring to Sen. Susan Collins, whose office released it earlier today. Also on the list are sites located in Ohio, Michigan, New York and Vermont.

A notable absence is the former Loring Air Force base in Limestone, a site which previously drew federal interest. There has been no formal decision to deploy additional interceptor systems, designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles, in the United States. Two installations, in California and Alaska, currently exist.

According to the letter, MDA officials are collecting data on the potential sites.
"Once the data gathering phase is complete," Syring wrote, "the sites will be reassessed to develop a list of sites suitable for further consideration. On-site visits will be part of the reassessment."

While noting in a statement released Thursday that the decision to not position an interceptor site in Aroostook County would come as a "great disappointment" to that area, Collins said that Limestone might be a good location for a radar site, another component of the system.

"In the meantime," Collins said as part of the statement, "I'm told that MDA officials will explore the potential of the Western Maine site, and I look forward to working to connect them with the citizens of Franklin County."