United States Air Force: Release the score sheets for the preferred F-35 beddown sites.
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Rep. Peter Welch
Vermont
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Vermont
Sen. Bernie Sanders

United States Air Force: Release the score sheets for the preferred F-35 beddown sites.

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      Save Our Skies

Winooski is a small, but densely populated city, which lies just across the river from Burlington, VT. It is part of the Greater Burlington Area, a group of connected cities and one third of Vermont’s total population. Winooski’s downtown has recently undergone major improvements and the city has started to flourish. It is filled with young families who have put everything they have into fixing up their houses. In December, a decision will be made that would cause 78% of the homes in Winooski, as well as significant parts of South Burlington, to be considered “incompatible with residential use.” See the red part of the map above. Burlington has been named a preferred beddown site for the F-35 fighter/bomber, and we have only a short time before the decision is finalized. With the right documents, we can show that Burlington should not even be a candidate.

According to the Air Force’s F-35 Operational Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the new fighter jets will cause 2944 homes in the Burlington Area to fall within the 65 DNL zone. Living in this zone has negative health consequences both physical (hearing damage, stress-related cardiovascular disease), and psychological (anxiety, cognitive impairment in children, etc.). Hearing one of these planes fly 1000 ft above you is like hearing a jackhammer or a chainsaw only 3 ft away. Property within the 65 DNL zone should be purchased and demolished, but in Vermont, residents will have to remain in this zone without compensation for their lowered property values. For more info, see the Save Our Skies website and Stop the f-35 website.

So why has Burlington International Airport been chosen as a preferred site when it is so close to a large city center? We believe it was a simple error. The scoring sheet asked if there were homes in the accident and noise areas, and the answer for Burlington was “no,” despite the 2944 homes mentioned in the Air Force’s draft Environmental Impact Statement. Ignoring this error, our Congressional delegates are supporting the F-35 beddown in Vermont. Previous FOIA requests by the Burlington Free Press for the public release of the complete scoring data have been denied by the Air Force. See this video news coverage.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we request the release of the complete scoring data used to determine the preferred beddown sites for the F-35. We also request that you postpone the final decision until after we are able to review the score sheets. We have a right to investigate the error that may ruin our communities with slashed housing values, lower tax revenues, abandoned homes, higher crime rates and declining schools.

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    • Josie Carothers HARVARD, MA
      • 11 months ago

      Environmental protectio nmeans saving our world for tomorrow.

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    • jena guenther BURLINGTON, VT
      • 11 months ago

      What everyone wants most is our health and quality of life for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, right???

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    • laurel hammond BURLIGNTON, VT
      • 12 months ago

      Because I think the noise, chances for errors and the scores of health concerns for our cities nearby are too great a risk. Having lethal weapons in my state makes me feel more vulnerable; less safe than if they weren't here.

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    • Abina Cohen CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am from vermont and my grandmother has lived in the effected area since i was two years old

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    • Haviland Smith WILLISTON, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      I live in the landing pattern for the F-35s

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