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|Date:||17 Nov 2003 22:47:04 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Activists Plan Fight for Marine Mammals|
WASHINGTON POST Activists Plan Fight for Marine Mammals Exempt From Some Rules to Protect Animals, Navy Might Seek to Alter Sonar Limits By Marc Kaufman Sunday, November 16, 2003; Page A11 The Navy won a backroom congressional victory last week that allows it to get out from under laws that protect whales, dolphins and other marine mammals, but in the process it touched off what could be a bruising battle over the future of one of the nation's most popular environmental measures. Environmental advocates and their congressional allies, including a handful of Republicans, are promising to mount a concerted effort next year to overturn the Navy provisions and to turn protection of the appealing and often endangered marine creatures into an election-year issue. Advocates for the oceans say there is a great deal at stake: They call the changes the biggest "rollback" of the Marine Mammal Protection Act since it was passed 30 years ago, and predict they will result in the death of many more whales, dolphins and porpoises. Apparently encouraged by its triumph, the Navy has served notice that it might try to modify a court agreement it accepted last month that sharply limits where it can deploy a new low-frequency sonar system designed to detect quiet diesel submarines. Environmentalists say the new sonar is so loud that it can harm and even kill noise-sensitive whales and dolphins. This article can be viewed at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45873-2003Nov15.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CPEO: A DECADE OF SUCCESS. Your generous support will ensure that our important work on military and environmental issues will continue. Please consider one of our donation options. Thank you. http://www.groundspring.org/donate/index.cfm?ID=2086-0|721-0
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