BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont National Guard says a final environmental impact statement on whether the U.S. Air Force will base F-35 fighter jets in Burlington is expected to be released next week.
Adjutant Gen. Steven Cray of the Guard said the release is expected on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Air Force had delayed its report, saying it needed updated census data and extended the public comment period.
The Air Force has said Burlington is its preferred location to base up to 24 of the planes to replace aging F-16s. Opponents claim the planes would be too noisy and cause other problems. Another segment of the local population supports bringing the planes to Vermont.