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.