- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) - The Winooski City Council has approved spending an additional $5,000 on a lawsuit the Vermont city entered against the U.S. Air Force regarding F-35 fighter jets.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1WUFkVY ) the city joined the Stop the F-35 Coalition and six Chittenden County residents in 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.

Mayor Seth Leonard says the city consulted with its independent lawyer, who recommended the $5,000 figure to continue with the case.

Some Vermont Air National Guard officers have said they’re hopeful the new jets will be quieter than the aging F-16 jets they now fly.

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

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