Comments on Navy’s Training and Testing Plans for Hawaii and Southern California

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 in Hawaii and Southern California from January 2014 to January 2019. During that period, the Navy predicts more than 14 million instances of whale and dolphin “take” (behavioral impacts, harassment, injury), including almost 3 million instances of temporary hearing loss, more than 5,000 instances of permanent hearing loss, and 1,000 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.