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U.S. Missile Defense Agency Announces the Availability of the Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS) Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

19-NEWS-0008
August 30, 2019

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) today released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS). The final EIS document analyzes the environmental impacts at candidate locations in the U.S. best suited for a possible future deployment of ground-based interceptors capable of protecting the homeland against ballistic missile threats from nations such as North Korea and Iran.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has not made a decision to deploy or construct an additional interceptor site. Current sites in Alaska and California provide the necessary protection of the homeland from a ballistic missile attack by rogue nations.

As required by the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the MDA prepared the EIS to evaluate candidate sites for the potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors for homeland defense.

Candidate locations evaluated in the EIS include Fort Custer Training Center, Michigan Army National Guard, Augusta, Michigan; Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center (formerly Camp Ravenna), Ohio Army National Guard, Portage and Trumbull Counties, Ohio; and Fort Drum, New York.

Consistent with the 2019 Missile Defense Review, the DoD does not have a proposed action, budget authority, or direction to deploy a CIS and does not propose to deploy a CIS at this time; therefore, the preferred alternative is the "No Action Alternative" - no deployment.

Copies of the final EIS are available for review at public libraries within the communities near the candidate locations and an electronic copy of the document is also available on the MDA public website: https://www.mda.mil/news/cis_eis.html