Activists Provide Guide to Nuclear Silos
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) _ Mark Anderlik has just the thing for the politically minded tourist in Montana: A guide to the state’s nuclear missile silos.
The $3 book contains maps, directions to each of the 200 missile sites and 20 launch-control centers in Montana, and descriptions of both the sites and the scenic and and recreational opportunities nearby.
″Our main goal with the guide is to show the people of Montana, as well as the United States and the world, where nuclear missiles are,″ Anderlik said Saturday.
″One look at the guide, and it’s obvious that missiles are located in places with historical significance and great beauty,″ he said. ″It’s amazing .. that there are people who live right next to silos and don’t even realize it.″
Anderlik, a Shelby farm hand, is coordinator of Silence One Silo. Members occasionally have been arrested in their campaign to shut down at least one nuclear missle silo permanently and to invite the Soviet Union to do the same, thus starting mutual disarmament.
The map is based on information provided by the Air Force Strategic Air Command headquarters. Information on each site has been verified by a team of Silence One Silo volunteers, said Anderlik.
Silence One Silo will use the guides Sept. 21 during ″Big Sky Missile Tour Day.″
The Air Force is working on its official response to the guidebook and planned tour, but security is not an immediate concern, said Lt. Carla Sylvester, the public affairs officer at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls.
″The information is all unclassified,″ she said. ″They (the missile silos) have been there for 25 years.″
Anderlik said there’s nothing illegal about visiting a missile site. However, he said, the federal government owns the land extending 25 feet outside the chain-link fence surrounding a silo, and anyone caught inside the boundary is subject to arrest.