SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. >> South Burlington officials are considering joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force regarding F-35 fighter jets.

The city council decided unanimously on Monday to continue to discuss becoming a party in the lawsuit filed in reaction to the military planes' environmental impact.

The suit claims that the Air Force underestimated the level of noise caused by F-35 jets flying overhead as well as their potential negative impact on health and local property values.

Plaintiffs include the city of Winooski, the Stop the F-35 Coalition and six Chittenden County residents.

Air Force officials have said they expect Vermont's first F-35 will land at the Vermont Air National Guard base at Burlington International Airport in fall 2019.

The council's next meeting is June 13.



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