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

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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.

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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