PHOENIX — Residents near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base have asked a judge to order the Air Force to conduct a full-blown environmental impact study of flight operations. Their attorney says they’ve been treated with “contempt.”
In new court filings, attorney Joy Herr-Cardillo noted the military did a less formal “environmental assessment” in 2012, concluding there would be no significant impact on those living in and around the flight path of the Tucson base.
Herr-Cardillo said reports that there would be F-35 training at the base prompted the lawsuit. The latest generation of jets is known to be particularly noisy. As it turned out, Tucson was passed over as an F-35 training site.
But she said neighbors discovered in researching the issue that much has changed since the original Operation Snowbird operations started in the 1970s, the last time the Air Force fully looked at the impact of its operations on the base’s neighbors.
Operation Snowbird was originally designed to provide training time for pilots from northern states during the winter.
But since then, according to Herr-Cardillo, Operation Snowbird became a year-round activity. The type of aircraft used also changed.
She said the Air Force never considered the effect of all that additional air traffic on neighbors, something she said it was required to do.
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