Description: Challenge to the decision by the U.S. Air Force to replace F-16 fighter jets with F35-A aircraft at an Air National Guard location in Madison, Wisconsin.
Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin, Inc. v. U.S. Air Force
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/10/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Challenge to Placement of F35-A Aircraft at Airfield Raised Climate Change Issue. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, a plaintiff challenged the decision by the U.S. Air Force to replace F-16 fighter jets with F35-A aircraft at an Air National Guard location in Madison, Wisconsin. The plaintiff asserted claims under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, including that the defendants failed to adequately consider climate change. The plaintiff alleged that although the defendants disclosed the volume of greenhouse gas emissions (22,000 tons/year of carbon dioxide, compared to 9,263 tons/ year for F-16s), they did not conduct “actual analysis of the incremental impacts” to make it possible “to know whether a change in GHG emissions will be a significant step toward averting the tipping point and irreversible adverse climate change.”