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White House Fights Ruling Limiting Navy’s Use of Sonar

A Jan. 16th article by Marc Kaufman from The Washington Post:

“The White House yesterday sought to overrule a federal court’s decision limiting the Navy’s use of sonar in training exercises, exempting the service from complying with two major environmental laws.

Environmentalists who sued to limit the use of loud, mid-frequency sonar — which can be harmful to whales and other marine mammals — said the exemptions were unprecedented and could lead to a larger legal battle over the extent to which the military has to follow environmental laws.

In a court filing yesterday, government attorneys said President Bush had determined that allowing the use of mid-frequency sonar in ongoing exercises off southern California was “essential to national security” and of “paramount interest to the United States.””

Read the full article here.

Also read the NRDC press release about this here.