- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - South Burlington officials are holding a public hearing on a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force regarding F-35 fighter jets.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1UavORH ) that the city council decided unanimously Monday to hold the hearing June 22 on whether to join the lawsuit filed in reaction to the military planes’ environmental impact.

The suit claims that the Air Force underestimated the level of noise caused by F-35 jets flying overhead as well as their potential negative impact on health and local property values.

Plaintiffs include the city of Winooski, the Stop the F-35 Coalition and six Chittenden County residents.

Air Force officials have said they expect Vermont’s first F-35 will land at the Vermont Air National Guard base at Burlington International Airport in fall 2019.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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