|From:||CPEO Moderator <email@example.com>|
|Date:||23 Sep 2002 14:50:09 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Environmental Review of Navy's Sonar Testing Upheld|
[THE LA TIMES REQUIRES REGISTRATION TO VIEW THIS ARTICLE. REGISTRATION IS QUICK AND FREE.] Environmental Review of Navy's Sonar Testing Upheld Court: A judge rejects U.S. effort to exempt a variety of ocean activities, including tests that might harm whales, from far-reaching law. By GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected efforts by the Bush administration and the Navy to exempt from environmental review a broad range of activities, including military testing, that take place in the deep ocean. In a ruling made public Thursday, Judge Christina A. Snyder said the National Environmental Policy Act does apply to activities, such as testing of a Navy sonar system potentially dangerous to whales and dolphins, that are conducted beyond U.S. territorial waters but within the nation's "exclusive economic zone." That zone extends 200 miles from shore. Environmentalists warned that if the administration prevailed in the case, it could exempt not only military experiments and exercises from review but a host of other activities, ranging from oil and gas pipelines to ocean dumping and commercial fishing. Snyder ruled, however, that the Navy does not have to submit to an advance environmental review of its entire planned program of sonar testing, which consists of at least 17 separate tests of experimental anti-submarine warfare technologies. The judge did affirm that "individual sea tests will still be subject to NEPA requirements." This article can be viewed at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-navy20sep20.story ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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