Sunday, April 12, 2009

Naval Use of Sonar in Washington State

The U.S. Navy acknowledged using sonar off the Washington state coast. The Whale Museum in the San Juan Islands is concerned because the sonar harms marine life, including orcas, an endangered species.

About a month ago, the Navy sought permission to harm and kill animals as part of its Navy seeks permission to kill sea life in the Pacific:
By Rosalind Peterson
March 28, 2009

The United States Navy requests permissions from the United States Department of Commerce (NOAA), to kill thirty two species of marine mammals over five years in their Pacific Ocean Warfare testing program.

The Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense have decided that their Northwest Training Range Complex, in the State of Washington, should be expanded, and have devised a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), dated December 2008, for public review and comment. The expansion of their area of operation will include the State of Washington, the State of Oregon, part of the state of Idaho, and Northern California. The final date for public comment is April 13, 2009.

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