The resolution also opposes siting F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field.
The U.S. Air Force last year selected Truax Field to host a squadron of the fighter jets, and construction of a simulation facility was slated to begin in May in anticipation of the 2023 arrival of the F-35s.
The resolution also opposes locating a squadron of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Air National Guard is moving forward with construction of a simulator facility at Truax Field.
Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin claims the Air Force violated federal environmental law by failing to account for all the impacts of preparing Truax Field to host the new jets.
"It was no secret that Staff Sgt. Viney had a passion for flying," the 115th Fighter Wing's Facebook post said.
The Wisconsin Air National Guard is conducting nighttime training flights Monday through Thursday, along with next week.
The jet from the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison crashed Tuesday night. The status of the pilot remains unknown.
Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin claims the National Guard Bureau violated federal environmental law by “failing to adequately study and disclose” the effects of 27 projects expected to begin early next year.
According to a statement from the Wisconsin Air National Guard, the pilot landed safely after a caution light went on during a routine flight from Truax Field.
The U.S. Air Force announced the final selection of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing, capping more than three years of study and deep community division over the planes, which come with the promise of jobs and new construction but also noise and pollution.
The Safe Skies Clean Water coalition said Monday that it sent a petition with more than 2,000 signatures to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett saying the environmental and economic impacts of the plan are too great a risk.
The suits come as the county and water utility are under increased scrutiny for their response to groundwater contamination from PFAS.
Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner and four co-sponsors hope to garner additional support from the board, whose members have been split on the issue.
The interim leader of the Wisconsin National Guard expects operations to return to current levels by 2026, according to a letter to Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.
The Air Force maintains that basing the jets at Truax Field would expose about 1,019 households to average daily noise levels above 65 decibels, a level deemed “incompatible” with residential use -- though not uninhabitable.
The National Guard says it is incorporating “as appropriate” all relevant comments into a final Environmental Impact Study that will guide the Air Force’s decision on where to base the next squadron of the $90 million planes.
Nearly 450 Madison residences -- and possibly more -- are subject to avigation easements, contracts signed decades ago that could prevent owners from receiving federal funding to lessen noise should the Air Force station F-35 jets at Truax Field.
The letter, the first step in an enforcement process that could ultimately result in prosecution, comes more than a year and a half since the DNR first notified the Guard that it needed to complete a site investigation and cleanup.
In a 14-page letter Friday, Rhodes-Conway said even proponents of the new mission for the Wisconsin National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing question whether the study takes into account all relevant factors.
The Department of Natural Resources said the military’s draft environmental impact statement fails to address contamination of hazardous chemicals known as PFAS, which have been found at high levels throughout Truax Field.
Residents are confused about whether their homes will be eligible for noise mitigation and how long it would take to complete, leaving some unsure whether to invest and others feeling trapped because they can’t afford to move.
Local health officials are working on signs advising the public of the presence of PFAS, including warnings against people or pets drinking the water and suggesting people wash their hands after touching the water.
The Air Force, which has identified Madison and Montgomery, Alabama, as the preferred sites for two squadrons of the new $90 million jets, does not have a record of reversing basing decisions.
A resolution approved on a 16-3 vote with one abstention stopped short of completely opposing the F-35s being based in Madison, but it asks the Air Force to pick another location for the jets.