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State Coastal Commission Rejects Navy Plans For High Intensity Sonar, Underwater Explosive Training Off California Coast

Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:15am

The California Coastal Commission is again rejecting proposals by the Navy to use high intensity sonar, as well as underwater explosives off the state’s coastline for training.

The Commission ruled that the military underestimated the potential impacts on marine mammals. A Navy report says 130 animals might die, and more than 1300 would be injured from the testing, but the commission’s staff thinks the numbers would actually be much higher.

The commission’s staff had sought additional restrictions, which the Navy opposed.

In the past, the Navy ignored similar commission rulings, and conducted similar testing after getting an exemption from the Bush Administration, and ultimately winning a court fight.

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