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F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF

Vermont judge says F-35 won't need land-use permit

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont environmental court judge says there's no need for a state land-use permit to bring F-35 fighter planes to the Burlington International Airport.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas Walsh rejected a call by F-35 opponents who argued an Act 250 permit would be needed to bring the planes to the airport.

The South Burlington airport is owned by the city of Burlington.

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WPTZ-TV reports Walsh says any construction that would be required at the Vermont National Air Guard base to accommodate the F-35s would not be substantial changes at the airport.

The Guard has said the planes will require about $5 million in building upgrades.

The guard is scheduled to get 18 F-35s in 2020. They will replace the guard's aging F-16 fighter planes.

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