Environmental concerns challenge states’ space ambitions

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Some local leaders are proposing or helping to finance plans to establish spaceports in their regions, hoping to cash in on the economic potential. Some states even have established space-focused agencies, tasked with supporting the industry’s development.

But as spaceport proposals proliferate in places including Georgia, Maine and Michigan—far away from long-established federal launch sites in California and Florida⁠—they’re drawing pushback over fears they could harm sensitive habitats, public safety and even drinking water. Critics warn that the noise and light generated by launch sites could harm wildlife, and failed launches could spread toxic materials and debris or even cause wildfires.

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