Environmental report on expanded training released

Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 09:58 AM.

Navy officials have said the impacts will most likely be temporary behavioral changes.

“The Navy’s analysis indicates that while large numbers of marine mammals may be affected by sonar and explosives activities, over 99.9 percent of the animals affected will experience only temporary behavioral effects that do not result in injury,” said Navy Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of the Chief of Naval Operation Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, in a news release announcing the release of the EIS documents.

The EIS comes in advance of the Navy applying for Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act permits from regulatory agencies to authorize it to continue training in the area from 2014 to 2019.

The full report can be viewed online at aftteis.com.

Jannette Pippin is a reporter for the Daily News in Jacksonville.

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