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WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush exempted the U.S.Navy from an environmental law so it can continue using sonar in its anti-submarine warfare training off the California coast. Critics say the practice critics is harmful to whales and other marine mammals.
The White House announced Wednesday that Bush had signed the exemption Tuesday while traveling in the Middle East.
The Navy training exercises, including the use of sonar, "are in the paramount interest of the United States" and its national security, Bush said in a memorandum.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
The district court on January 3 barred the Navy's use of powerful submarine-hunting mid-frequency active radar within 12 miles