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The US Navy estimates to Kill 11.7 Million Marine Mammals

U.S. Navy

The Atlantic, the Pacific & the Gulf of Mexico are all in harms way as the U.S. Navy, and in some cases the U.S. Air Force, have initiated multiple 5-Year Warfare testing on both land and in ocean areas. (The NWTRC map on the right is only one of the many ongoing or proposed warfare testing areas planned by the U.S. Navy.)

(Your coastal region, including island areas, may already have a draft environmental impact statement online ready to be approved by the Navy and rubber-stamped by NOAA...Check the pdf files for information regarding your coastal region or state for public comment deadlines or Environmental Impact Statement current status. Find out if there is already an ongoing weapons and sonar testing program in your region that has been approved.

Letter from several Senators including Senator Barbara Boxer to NOAA-June 17, 2009:
.S. NAVY NORTHWEST TRAINING RANGE COMPLEX FINAL EIS/OEIS NOW AVAILABLE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2010

A copy of the Final EIS/OEIS is available at: www.NWTRangeComplexEIS.com

U.S. NAVY NWTRC: Northern California, Oregon, Washington & Idaho
Comments on the Final EIS/OEIS must be postmarked or received by October 24, 2010

Interested parties may submit comments via the project website at
www.NWTRangeComplexEIS.com or by U.S. mail to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

Attn: Mrs. Kimberly Kler - NWTRC EIS
Send Written Public Comments to:
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Undersecretary
Oceans & Atmosphere U.S. Department of Commerce
NWTRC EIS - Public Comment Deadline October 31, 2010
14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230

Contact your Elected Representatives at this Toll Free # (1866) 220-0044 in Washington, D.C.
Request U.S. Congressional Hearings in order to protect Public Health, Marine Mammals &
Fish - Ask for an Extension of the October 24, 2010 Deadline for Public Comments

SILVERDALE, Wash. The U.S. Navy has completed the Final Environmental Impact
Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) for the Northwest Training Range
Complex. In compliance with Council on Environmental Quality regulations, public hearings were
held in association with the Draft EIS/OEIS. Public hearings are not required for the Final EIS/OEIS.
Regulations provide for a 30-day wait period after the Final EIS/OEIS is published before the agency
may take final action. During that period, in addition to the agency's own internal final review, the
public and other agencies can comment on the Final EIS/OEIS prior to the agency's final action on
the proposal.

Comments on the Final EIS/OEIS must be postmarked or received by October 24, 2010.
The Final EIS/OEIS has been made available to individuals, agencies and organizations that
requested a copy of the final document and/or provided comments during the public review period for
the Draft EIS/OEIS. A copy of the Final EIS/OEIS is available at: www.NWTRangeComplexEIS.com
or can be viewed at one of the following information repositories:
U.S. NAVY 5-YEAR WARFARE TESTING PROGRAMS
A NEW THREAT TO THE PACIFIC, GULF OF MEXICO & ATLANTIC MARINE MAMMALS
REQUEST U.S. CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS TO PROTECT OUR OCEANS
For More Information Contact: Rosalind Peterson (707) 485-7520
Website:  http://agriculturedefensecoalition.org/ Click on U.S. Navy Section

In a letter to NOAA, dated June 19, 2009, U.S. Senator Feinstein and U.S. Congressman Henry
Waxman stated: "...In many regions, the Navy plans to increase the number of its exercises or
expand the areas in which they may occur, and virtually every coastal state will be affected.
Some exercises may occur in the nation's most biologically sensitive marine habitats,
including National Marine Sanctuaries and breeding habitat for the endangered North Atlantic
right whale. In all, the Navy anticipates more than 2.3 million takes (significant disruptions in
marine mammal foraging, breeding, and other essential behaviors) per year, or 11.7
million takes over the course of a five-year permit..."

The thirty day public comment period ends on October 24, 2010. File your protests and
comments today with the U.S. Navy and NOAA. Let your elected officials know that U.S.
Congressional hearings are needed now to protect all ocean areas, 11.7 million marine
mammals, the fishing and tourism industries, our national marine sanctuaries, marine
reserves, migrating whales, manatees, fish, their ocean habitats and food supplies, and
public health.

The U.S. Congress, NOAA, and the U.S. Navy are ignoring Chapter 5 of the April 2010, Report
of the NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE - PRESIDENT'S CANCER PANEL "Exposure to
Contaminants and Other Hazards from Military Sources"
Many U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Environmental Impact Statements, U.S. Congressional Letters,
and NOAA Documents regarding these 5-Year Warfare Testing programs are located on the
following website:  http://agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=us-navy


ACTION ITEMS
1) Signed Petitions should go to local, county, and state elected representatives and U.S. Senators
& U.S. House Representatives in your area. (Please do not have people sign on the backs of
petitions or on blank pages which have no information about what people are signing.
2) Contact local groups, businesses, and other organizations to educate them on this subject and
elicit their support or offer to do a presentation regarding this issue.
3) Call members of the U.S. Senate or House at this toll free # (1866) 220-0044 and ask them to
support efforts of U.S. Congressional Hearings. Establish a calling-tree so that each week
members of congress are contacted regarding this issue.
4) Work with local governments to support resolutions and the actions taken by local government
agencies, like the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, Mendocino County, California, who
are working to protect our ocean and other natural resources.
5) Write letters to the editor and your elected officials. Press newspaper and radio stations to
carry this story or interview guests who will speak on this topic.
6) Coordinate with others to take local actions and also to advise people where to find more
information, hand out packets and other materials to explain what is happening.
7) Public comments should go to the U.S. Navy, elected officials, and NOAA along with petitions.

homepage: homepage: http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=us-navy
phone: phone: 707-485-7520


Holy Shit 21.Oct.2010 13:37

bluewhale info@californiaskywatch.com

This came out in the Daily Kos today--

 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/10/21/111953/46


Daily KOS Story about the Navy by Carol
Carol Van Strum < cvs@casco.net>

http://agriculturedefensecoalition.org/
707- 485- 7520
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/10/21/111953/46

part of the KOS 22.Oct.2010 11:01

..-..

<copied from the Daily Kos>
Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 08:19:53 AM PDT

Pacific Northwest residents have a last chance to stop the U.S. Navy from expanding deadly weapons and sonar operations off the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts. After widespread and intense opposition to its plans in 2009, the Navy has ignored or dismissed some 1,000 pages of critical comments in issuing its final environmental impact statement for this program. By the end of October, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is scheduled to authorize it.

Only the U.S. Congress can stop this carnage now. And only intense pressure from constitutuents and coastal governments will goad Congress into acting.