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The Air Force plans to start getting rid of 50 facilities that previously held nuclear missiles, but what does that mean for the environment?

The 50 missile silos were a part of a squad that was eliminated in 2008 which is the time the actual missile were removed from the sites.

Since then the silos have remained in the care of the Air Force, but the plans to start taking the silos apart could begin as soon as March.

When it's done the land will be sold to the public.

Is it safe for a buyer to purchase land that once held nuclear missiles?

"I imagine the military contained all of the hazardous material that was present on site. If there is any residuals I think they will be cleaning those up. They will take that seriously. Any purchaser should verify that has happened but beyond that putting it back in agricultural use is a great idea," says Anne Hedges with the Montana Environmental Center.

Hedges adds that although safe, buyers should be careful and make sure the land is clean.

"If I were the purchaser, I would certainly want to be careful and get soil samples to verify there is no residuals. Make sure the tests are clean. I can't imagine there is going to be a problem."

The Air Force says the first phase of the silo removals will involve inspecting the land for hazardous material and getting it ready to be filled with gravel and soil.

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