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Federal agency pushes back against plans for Ga. spaceport

This artist's sketch provided by Spaceport Camden shows the launch pad complex of the proposed...
This artist's sketch provided by Spaceport Camden shows the launch pad complex of the proposed Spaceport Camden in Camden County, Ga. The National Park Service is pushing back after a U.S. government report recommended approval of a launch pad for commercial rockets on the Georgia coast, saying a chance of explosive misfires over a federally protected island popular with tourists and campers poses an “unacceptable risk.” (Spaceport Camden via AP)(AP)
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 4:25 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The National Park Service is pushing back against a Federal Aviation Administration report recommending approval of a launch pad for commercial rockets off the Georgia coast.

The Park Service’s parent agency, the Department of the Interior, says the proposed Spaceport Camden poses an “unacceptable risk” to federally managed Cumberland Island.

Critics worry a failed rocket launch could rain fiery debris on the protected wilderness area, which is popular with tourists and campers.

A Camden County administrator has said the chance of death or injury from a rocket launched at the site “ranges from less than 1 in 10 million to 1 in a billion.”

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