VTD STAFF, VTDigger.org

Vermont has been dropped from a list of states considered for an East Coast missile defense site.

The Defense Department in September said it was considering sites in Vermont, New York, Maine, Ohio and Michigan for the anti-missile bases often referred to as Star Wars defense bases.

The Vermont site, the Camp Ethan Allen training facility in Jericho, was removed from the list Friday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in a news release.

"The ground-based interceptors being contemplated for an East Coast missile defense site cost huge sums of money, without delivering reliable capability," Leahy said in a statement. "I welcome the news that Vermont’s Camp Ethan Allen will not be considered as a site, and I continue to pursue redirecting those funds toward projects that have more proven and cost-effective success in keeping Americans safe."

Environmental impact statements, similar to the one done for the F-35 fighter jet basing decision, will be conducted at four sites: Fort Drum, N.Y.; Portsmouth SERE Training Area, Maine (Rangeley); Camp Ravenna, Ohio; and Fort Custer, Mich.

The EIS process is expected to take up to two years, the Pentagon said. No decision has been made on whether a missile defense site will ever be built, the Missile Defense Agency said.


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