[MARMAM] ruling in southern California sonar case
mjasny at nrdc.org
Tue Nov 13 23:44:42 PST 2007
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order in NRDC v. Winter,
a case challenging the Navy's use of mid-frequency active sonar in major
exercises off southern California. This comes in response to the Navy's
appeal of a lower-court decision, issued last August, that barred use of
mid-frequency sonar in those exercises.
In its order, the Court found Plaintiffs have a strong likelihood of
showing that the Navy violated the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) and Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). It then sent the case
back to the lower court to draft a new injunction that provides
"satisfactory safeguards for the protection of the environment" off
The Navy will be enjoined from using sonar while the lower court is
considering mitigation measures; but the injunction will not kick in for
another 10 days, which will allow the Navy to complete an ongoing
exercise. The new injunction should issue by January 4, before the next
major exercise is scheduled to occur.
If you'd like a copy of the Court's order, please let me know. A full
opinion will be issued later.
Senior Policy Analyst
Natural Resources Defense Council
4479 W. 5th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6R1S4
mjasny at nrdc.org
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