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|Date:||16 Apr 2002 19:21:57 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Environmental Groups, Navy Square Off on Sonar System|
Environmental Groups, Navy Square Off on Sonar System Sept. 11 Altered the Dispute Over Survival of Large Whales By Marc Kaufman Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, April 15, 2002; Page A03 For more than a decade, the Navy has been developing a revolutionary sonar system designed to detect new "quiet" submarines of the future by sending out extremely loud, low-frequency pings around the globe. At the same time, environmentalists and oceanographers have grown increasingly worried that the intense sound waves emitted by the new sonar would seriously confuse, injure and eventually kill noise-sensitive marine mammals, and large whales in particular. Now, with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the verge of making a final decision on whether to allow deployment of the new low-frequency sonar -- and, if so, with what restrictions -- the Navy and its critics have intensified their competing campaigns to have it quickly approved or permanently sidetracked. Disputes between the military and environmentalists are nothing new. But the Navy sonar controversy is approaching a climax in what both proponents and opponents say is a new atmosphere created by the Sept. 11 attacks. The military has been for some time increasingly concerned about environmental "encroachments" of all kinds -- conservation-based restrictions on how training camps and bombing ranges can be used, and now on deploying new technology. Military leaders say the time has arrived to address these concerns, and Congress appears increasingly sympathetic to this viewpoint. As a result, the Pentagon is circulating within the Bush administration a draft of a proposed bill that would greatly limit the reach of environmental laws on military training and deployment -- formally prohibiting the federal government from placing the conservation of public lands or the protection of endangered species above the needs of military preparedness. The complete article can be viewed at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48150-2002Apr14.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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