*NEWS*NAVY SUED OVER SONAR ON WHALES

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*NEWS*NAVY SUED OVER SONAR ON WHALES

 user 2005-10-20 at 11:06:00 am Views: 80
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    Navy Sued Over Sonar’s Effects on Whales
    SANTA
    MONICA, Calif. (Oct.05) – Environmentalists sued the Navy on Wednesday,
    claiming that a widely used form of sonar for detecting enemy
    submarines disturbs and sometimes kills whales and dolphins.
    The
    sonar “is capable of flooding thousands of square miles of ocean with
    dangerous levels of noise pollution,” according to the lawsuit filed in
    federal court in Los Angeles.
    The Navy settled a similar lawsuit two
    years ago by agreeing to limit the peacetime use of experimental
    low-frequency sonar. The new lawsuit, by the Natural Resources Defense
    Council and other plaintiffs, seeks a court order to curb mid-frequency
    sonar, the most common method of detecting enemy submarines.
    NRDC
    attorney Joel Reynolds said the group recognizes the Navy’s need to
    detect enemies, and he noted that the lawsuit seeks limits on sonar
    during training exercises, not in war.
    “Our position is that whales shouldn’t have to die for practice,” he said.
    The
    environmentalists want the Navy to use harmless passive sonar -
    listening for sounds made by marine mammals themselves – to locate the
    animals before using mid-frequency sonar. They also want the Navy to
    avoid migration and calving areas and to turn on sonar systems
    gradually so that the animals have time to flee.
    Navy spokesman Lt. William Marks said the Navy already is doing many of the things demanded in the suit.
    The
    lawsuit blames the Navy for the January stranding and deaths of at
    least 37 whales on North Carolina’s Outer Banks after a mid-frequency
    sonar exercise. The Navy said the exercise was probably too far away to
    have harmed the whales.