whales.jpg Fred Felleman

In a ruling likely to affect the Navy?s plans to expand sonar use off the Washington coast, the federal 9th Circuit Court of

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One for the Mammals

whales.jpg Fred Felleman

In a ruling likely to affect the Navy?s plans to expand sonar use off the Washington coast, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered the service to stop using a high-intensity sonar off Southern California until its likely harm to marine mammals can be safely resolved. The court reinstituted a preliminary injunction, effective in January, that had been stayed during a current naval exercise.

As we reported in September, the Navy has similar plans for sonar use off the coast here and perhaps within Puget Sound as part of a proposal to deploy more unmanned vehicles and expand underwater demolitions and war gaming.

?The court?s decision [today] prevents the needless infliction of harm to whales and other marine species during the Navy?s training off our coast," said Joel Reynolds, director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which filed the lawsuit.

 
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