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North Dakota Senators tell Defense Department to back away from plan to eliminate ICBM missile sites

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ICBM (Lockheed-Martin)
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WASHINGTON - (KFGO AM)  North Dakota's U.S. senators are telling Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to scrap a Defense Department plan to conduct an environmental impact study on the possible elimination of intercontinental ballistic missile silo's.

Senator's Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven joined by other senate ICBM coalition members want to know how many missiles the Defense Department wants before it does a study on eliminating silo's. The senator's say eliminating the ground based missiles would have serious national security ramifications. 

Such a move would also have a big impact on North Dakota.  Minot Air Force Base operates 150 nuclear Minuteman III ICBM's scattered across the northwest part of the state, covering over 8500 square miles, an area approximately the same size as Massachusetts. The missile field makes up one-third of the country's land based missiles.

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