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Potential missile defense site discussed

RANGELEY (WGME) -- There's a plan to build a missile defense system in Maine, and some residents in Rangeley had mixed reaction Tuesday night.

There are already 2 missile defense sites on the west coast, and now the missile defense agency wants to build one in the eastern part of the U.S. They're looking at four different locations and one of them in Readington Township at a Naval training site.

Tuesday night at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School, people got a first look at the plans for the site, which would house an enhanced missile defense system designed to thwart an enemy attack on the U.S. Missile-like devices called interceptors would be buried in 75 foot silos underground. They would be shot into the sky to get in the way of an incoming enemy missile. The site would be similar to one in Fort Greely Alaska.

People in town say they're just starting to process what this would mean for the community. Some have concerns about what it would mean for things like the environment; others are already giving it the thumbs up

The MDA says they're going to continue gathering public input and information and they hope to have a first draft of an environmental impact statement out by September of next year that's for this site and the other three they're considering. Then comes another round of public comment. The bottom line though is that this proposal doesn't move forward until the president gives the green light to build it.