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Vermont F-35 foes say noise plan does nothing

May. 2, 2014 - 01:18PM   |  
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BURLINGTON, VT. — Opponents of plans to bring F-35 fighter planes to the Burlington International Airport say a noise mitigation plan released by the Vermont National Guard includes no new measures to reduce noise from the planes.

The guard on Friday released its mitigation and management plan for basing 18 F-35A jets at the Burlington International Airport.

The report says the most significant environmental impact of the F-35 is expected to be the noise of planes. The F-35 is thought to be significantly louder than the F-16s the guard currently flies.

Part of the plan will be to use existing procedures to reduce noise such as adjusted power settings and flight patterns, but the report says the F-35 is a new and changes could be made as more is learned about its operation.

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