Bush Says Navy Can Test Sonar off California Coast

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This month, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered the Navy to create a nautical no-sonar zone off the California coast. Anti-submarine training would have to shut down if whales or other mammals got within 2200 yards. Critics contend that sonar signals will damage the marine mammals' hearing, with worldwide impact. During his trip to the Middle East, President Bush signed a waiver of court-imposed sonar limits, calling it an issue of national security. One environmental group says today he is "flouting the will of Congress," the state's Coastal Commission and a federal court.  The controversy pits national security against whales and other marine mammals.




Warren Olney