Pentagon drops Maine from list of potential missile defense sites

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Posted: Jan 15, 2016 4:46 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Friday it had dropped a site in Redington Township, Maine, from a list of potential U.S. sites to deploy more ground-based missile defense interceptors in addition to those in Alaska and California.

The agency said other potential sites in New York, Michigan and Ohio remained under consideration, but stressed that no decision had been made to deploy or construct an additional site.

"The (Maine) site presented irreversible environmental impacts, significant constructability concerns, and extensive costs associated with developing infrastructure in a remote area," the agency said in a statement late on Friday.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal)