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Judge: Navy Not Exempt From Sonar Ruling

February 5, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) –The Navy must follow environmental laws placing strict limits on sonar training that may harm whales, despite President Bush’s decision to exempt it, a federal judge ruled Monday.

The Navy is not ”exempted from compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act” and a court injunction creating a 12 nautical-mile no-sonar zone off Southern California, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper wrote in a 36-page decision.

”We disagree with the judge’s decision,” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. ”We believe the orders are legal and appropriate.”

The president signed a waiver Jan. 15 exempting the Navy and its anti-submarine warfare exercises from a preliminary injunction creating the no-sonar zone. The Navy’s attorneys argued in court last week that he was within his legal rights.

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