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Environmentalists sue Navy over sonar use

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:29 p.m. HST, Jan 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO >> Environmental organizations have added the Navy to their lawsuit against the federal government that seeks more measures to protect whales and other marine mammals from the military's sonar use.

Earthjustice and other organizations announced the addition today to their lawsuit filed in December against the National Marine Fisheries Service. The lawsuit demands that the service force the Navy to seek alternatives to its five-year plan that will intensify off the California and Hawaii coasts.

Navy officials estimate its activities would have a negligible impact on marine mammal populations.

Environmentalists dispute that. They favor off-limits zones to biologically sensitive areas and want the Navy to avoid training in certain spots seasonally when they are rich in marine life.

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localguy wrote:
Earthjustice only has one mission. Face time in the news, taking care of #1. As for actually taking on responsibility for the environment, they haven't got a clue. They refuse to do anything, just file lawsuits, photo opps, smoke and mirrors. About as dysfunctional as the Sierra Club. What a pair.
on January 15,2014 | 09:18PM
copperwire9 wrote:
They just don't get more clueless than you. Sad.
on January 15,2014 | 09:37PM
pueouhane wrote:
Clueless n baseless flapping, Earthjustice was founded in 1971 as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund.
on January 15,2014 | 11:27PM
niimi wrote:
I can imagine during a major war that Environmentalists would rather have us lose the war in favor of sea creatures.
on January 15,2014 | 09:32PM
lynnh wrote:
Check out the picture. Could it be that the whales also move away from areas because of the constant harassment by these so call environmentalist groups? Chasing them down with loud boats, slamming poles on to their backs and gluing devices and tags to them?
on January 15,2014 | 09:59PM
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