- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that a U.S. Air Force environmental impact statement is sufficient to allow F-35 fighter jets to be based in the Burlington area beginning in 2019.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/2bjN3fF ) that U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford issued the decision Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by the Stop the F-35 Coalition and six Chittenden County residents.

The city of Winooski joined the plaintiffs, and South Burlington submitted a brief supporting the anti-F-35 forces.

The judge ruled that the Air Force took a “hard look” at the environmental consequences of the basing decision and took specific local factors into account.

He found the Air Force’s basing decision was not arbitrary or capricious and did not violate the law.

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