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Environmental Study Threatens ICBM Silos

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Senator John Hoeven was in Minot today discussing efforts to protect current numbers of ICBM missiles maintained by Minot Air Force Base.

 Senator Hoeven spoke to Task Force 21 about the Department of Defense's effort to conduct an environmental analysis that could lead to the reduction of active missile silos in North Dakota.  A study like that typically takes a year or more, but Hoeven says the DOD is pressuring the Air Force into hurrying the study.  Hoeven has asked the Air Force to put together a timeline for an environmental assessment like this, showing there isn't the proper amount of time.

 "Not just the missiles, but the Nuclear Triad is vitally important.  Look what's going on in Iran, and North Korea, so our ICBM and silos are a vital, strategic asset, extremely cost effective and foundational to the defense of our Nation.  Especially with what's going on across the world right now," said Senator Hoeven.

KMOT has learned that the Department of Defense has released word that they have agreed to suspended the environmental analysis that could have reduced the number of ICBM missiles housed in the Upper Midwest.

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