Stop the F-35 Coalition to sue over Vermont basing

News Release — Stop the F-35 Coalition
Nov. 14, 2013

The Air Force will issue its decision in the next few days selecting Burlington for the first operational basing of the F-35A. The Stop the F-35 Coalition will sue.

The Coalition has retained a lawyer, and is contacting other organizations for additional legal assistance.

The coalition is also working with national media outlets to publish the truth behind the corrupt basing selection process.

The Stop the F-35 Coalition cites disastrous problems associated with F-35A basing, some of which were identified in the Air Force’s own Environmental Impact Statement. But the Air Force failed to include others.

Basing the F-35A at the Burlington International Airport will inflict injustice on thousands of people.

The F-35A will:

• disproportionally impact minorities and low-income people

• negatively affect the health of adults, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease

• be especially harmful to children’s health and their learning abilities

• reduce property values of thousands of homeowners • put thousands of Vermont homes in crash zones

• endanger lives both because of increased risk of crashes of this new fighter-bomber, and because it contains highly flammable composite materials and stealth coating which release toxic fumes and fibers when burned.

“The Air Force decision to select Burlington will not stop the campaign to stop the F-35,” said Richard Joseph. “It will make building the campaign against the basing all the more important.”

In the months and years ahead, activists anticipate that the campaign will continue to grow as the facts about the aircraft’s effect and the truth about improper actions taken during the basing selection and decision process come to light.

“Basing the F-35 in the midst of a densely populated area is callous, irresponsible, and dangerous,” said James Marc Leas.

“It is regrettable that legal measures have to be taken, said Katie Kirby, “but the Stop the F35 Coalition and a growing list of plaintiffs are fully committed to continue their efforts to stop the basing and thus to preserve the lives, the health, and the homes of area residents.”

“The Air Force is only one of the decision makers, and its decision can be overturned. This is far from a done deal,” said Eileen Andreoli.

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Gary Lockhart
2 years 8 months ago

Not surprising as these are the same nitwits who have been sending Leaky Leahy to the Senate for nearly 39 years.

One hopes that you fools will be ordered to pay attorney’s fees and court costs for this frivolous BS.

rosemarie jackowski
2 years 8 months ago
Imagine an F-35 going down… NEWS WE ALL MISSED??? DATELINE NOV 15 2013 “(AP) Searchers have recovered more pieces of a multimillion-dollar, New York-based military drone that crashed into Lake Ontario during a training flight this week. Maj. Sandra Stoquert (STOH’-kwert) of the Air National Guard’s Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing says a significant amount of debris was found along the lake’s eastern shore Friday. She says there’s no estimate yet of the percentage of the aircraft wreckage found so far. The drone took off from Fort Drum in northern New York and crashed into the lake Tuesday about 12 miles… Read more »
Cris Ericson
2 years 8 months ago
Another Reason to Read this U.S. Air Force News for this week because One-Third of Vermonters draw their drinking water from Lake Champlain and if an F-35 jet crashed into the Lake, the U.S. Air Force has no way and no plans to replace drinking water; so Read this weeks Air Force news! Multimillion-dollar military drone crashes in New York lake New York Daily News FORT DRUM, N.Y. — The New York Air National Guard asked the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday for help in finding a multimillion-dollar military … (not “funding” but FINDING) Drone worth millions crashes into Lake… Read more »
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