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Naval Air Station neighbors lose bid to stop noisy jets

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SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has refused to order an injunction sought by neighbors of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to stop noisy jet fighters from practicing aircraft-carrier landings.

The Seattle Times reports that the residents claimed the Navy’s decision to resume flights of the Growler aircraft is ruining their health because of the noise.

A federal judge said Tuesday that the group failed to show that overflights by the Navy’s newest electronic-warfare aircraft were worse than predicted in a 2005 environmental assessment of the flights’ impacts.

The group first sued in 2013. The case was stayed after the Navy agreed to temporarily suspend landings. The group sought an injunction in April after the Navy resumed operations in 2014.

Court documents say the Navy has been flying as many as 9,000 carrier-landing practices a year.

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