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According to the recent NRDC lawsuit against the Navy, Navy sonar ships are required to avoid key whale habitat and maintain a 12 mile coastal zone off California. As far as I've been able to discern, there is no mention of this in the EIS for the NW Training Range.
Also, "the Navy estimate the California sonar drills would disturb or injure 170,000 marine mammals and cause permanent injury to more than 450 whales, as well as temporary hearing impairment in at least 8000 others". source: Jan/Feb 2009 NRDC "Nature's Voice"
This concerns me as these marine mammals are as vulnerable is Oregon waters as California waters. I see no corresponding statistics for the coast of Oregon. Why does the Navy's EIS repeatedly say "No significant impact" for their assessment? This seems illogical.
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