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Fri May 31, 2013

Air Force Releases Revised F-35 Study for Vermont

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Vermont National Guard officials are studying a revised draft of an environmental impact statement about how basing the F-35 fighter jet in Vermont would affect the area around the Burlington International Airport.



The Air Combat Command released the report Friday.

Vermont Guard Captain Christopher Gookin says officials haven't drawn any conclusions yet from the report, which is more than 1,000 pages long.

Supporters of basing the F-35's in Vermont say such a move would guarantee more than 1,000 well-paying jobs.

But opponents argue the planes are significantly louder than the F-16 aircraft they are designed to replace.

The revised report uses 2010 census data to determine how people living near the airport would be affected by the planes. The first report used census data from 2000.

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