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Environmentalists win U.S. court fight to protect whales from Navy sonar

September 29, 2013
"Today's ruling gives whales and other marine mammals a fighting chance against the Navy,"
- Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director at the Center for Biological Diversity

A federal judge in California has sided with environmental groups in their lawsuit against the U.S. government over Navy training exercises off the West Coast involving sonar that they say harms endangered whales, dolphins and other protected marine mammals.

The ruling in a long-running dispute pitting whales against the military requires federal biologists to reconsider permits allowing the Navy to potentially kill or disrupt marine mammals while conducting anti-submarine warfare exercises off the Pacific Northwest.

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