Comments on Navy’s Training and Testing Plans for Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico

July 11, 2012

NRDC and other conservation organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Navy commenting on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for training and testing activities along the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico from January 2014 to January 2019. During that period, the Navy predicts nearly 19 million instances of whale and dolphin “take” (behavioral impacts, harassment, injury), including more than 2.25 million instances of temporary hearing loss, more than 10,000 instances of permanent hearing loss, and more than 800 deaths. The letter urges the Navy to revise its DEIS, exploring additional alternatives and mitigation measure that would lessen the harm from the Navy’s activities to whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife.