Navy's Controversial Testing: Marine Life Threatened?

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There's been a lot of outcry over the Navy's proposal to conduct training drills that could adversely affect – and possibly kill – thousands of marine life off the Southern California coast. Alexis, a graduate student in the Zoology PhD program at the University of Hawaii, uses sounds to study the movement and behavior of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) and sometimes birds. From a purely scientific perspective, she plans to dive deep into the proposal one bit at a time, starting with this post:

"The information from the petition is based on the Department of the Navy's Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS). Quite a mouthful, so I'm just going to call it the Navy EIS from now on. Environmental Impact Statements are required by the National Environmental Policy act (NEPA) of 1969, for actions that "significantly affect the human environment." They also provide information that demonstrates compliance with other environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. If you look at the Navy's EIS, there is a chapter for the applicable different environmental laws."

 

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Image credit: National News via ZUMA Press.

To read the Environmental Impact Statement, click here.

To comment on the Environmental Impact Statement, click here.

To sign a petition opposing the proposal, click here.

Read more from Navy Environmental Impact Statement: Effect on Marine Mammals at Sounding the Sea

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