Madison mayor: U.S. Air Force should ‘reevaluate’ Truax Field for F35s if concerns not answered

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway is asking the U.S. Air Force to consider potential adverse effects of bringing F35 fighter jets to Truax Field.

Madison is one of five finalists and two preferred locations for the planes.

A resolution introduced by alders representing the area describes concerns with the Air Force’s draft environmental impact statement, including potentially disproportionately affecting people of color and those with low-incomes.

In a statement Tuesday, Rhodes-Conway said it was difficult to evaluate the true impact of the project and the Air Force and National Guard should consider the potential adverse effects.

“They should reevaluate the selection of Truax Field as a preferred location if the final environmental impact statement does not respond to these concerns and provides strategies to affirmatively mitigate the noise and other detrimental impacts of siting F35s at Truax Field,” wrote Rhodes-Conway.

Last week, the Wisconsin National Guard said having the F35s on base could be crucial to its future.

The resolution will be taken up at the common council.

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