NOAA Authorizes, Regulates Navy Sonar Training

Law360, New York (January 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has authorized the U.S. Navy to conduct sonar training off the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, but has also issued guidelines to minimize the activities' impact on marine mammals.

On Tuesday, the NOAA published the final rule in the Federal Register to regulate the Navy's “incidental take” of marine animals related to military training activities using sonar through January 2014. The NOAA, part of the Department of Commerce, has also issued the Navy a letter of authorization...
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