SAN DIEGO -- To the consternation of some environmentalists, the U.S. Navy has rejected a call by the California Coastal Commission to curtail use of sonar and underwater explosives during training.
In March, the commission voted unanimously that the Navy's assertions that its training does not harm marine mammals was not supported by scientific evidence. The commission wants the Navy to declare some coastal areas to be off-limits for training.
But the Navy disagreed with the commission in a letter to the commission's manager for energy, ocean resources, and federal consistency.
"... the Navy's proposed mitigation measures are effective and appropriate for avoiding and minimizing impacts for all areas," said the Navy's letter, signed by Capt. C.M. Hansen, deputy civil engineer for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.