Take Action! Navy To Sacrifice 2.3 Million Marine Mammals Per Year For 5 Years Of War Games Off Our Mendocino Coast


From ROSALIND PETERSON
Redwood Valley

June 5, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

SAVE OUR FISHING & WHALE WATCHING INDUSTRIES, our marine habitat, and protect the public from highly toxic chemicals.

A wide variety of marine mammals (whales, dolphins, porpoises, manatees, seals, walrus, and otters) have already died due to Navy Warfare Testing of Weapons currently underway in the Hawaiian Islands, the Mariana Islands, the Pacific Ocean off the coastline of Oregon, Washington, Southern California, the Gulf of Mexico, and other areas where testing is now conducted in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

The Navy now proposes to expand its NWT Range Complex warfare testing range to encompass more land areas of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and the Pacific Ocean.

Many chemicals, like depleted uranium, used in this program are toxic to humans, marine mammals, all wildlife, and birds.

The Navy has violated NEPA laws by not informing the majority of the citizens of the United States about this program.

The Navy admits that there are severe declines in some marine mammal populations, and they will “take”, harm, maim or kill approximately 2.3 million marine mammals per year over five years.

The Navy will disrupt the fishing and whaling tourist industry near some of their weapons test areas in the Pacific Ocean even though there are sensitive marine areas in the Pacific Ocean which need to be preserved and protected.

Airborne sky obscurants like toxic fog oils, red phosphorus, white phosphorus, Aluminum Coated Fiberglass & Flares, Lead, Lead Chloride, Chromium, Benzene, Toluene, Nathelene, Ammounium Percholorate (which is toxic to both humans and marine life), and other military test chemicals can drift and contaminate ocean and land areas.

Bomb blasts in the Pacific Ocean, and sonic booms over land areas could trigger earthquakes (sonic booms have caused damage to homes in the past, in California and other states).

We demand that our local, county, state, and federal representatives take immediate action to stop the Navy warfare testing expansion in the Pacific Ocean, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California, and the “taking” of marine mammals and hold Congressional hearings to protect public health and our marine mammals and other threatened and endangered species.

We further demand that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Department of Commerce stop any attempts by the Navy to “take”, kill, maim, or harm any marine mammals in the Pacific Ocean.

IF NO ACTION IS TAKEN BY THE PUBLIC
NAVY WARFARE PROGRAM TO START IN SEPTEMBER 2009

TAKE ACTION TODAY:
Contact all of your elected officials today
. File public comment complaints. Write letters. Ask for Congressional Hearings. Ask your elected officials to oppose this Navy Warfare Testing Program.

WRITE TO:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, Washington 98315 ATTN: Mrs. Kimberly Kier – NWTRC EIS

NOAA PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Address to: Michael Payne, Chief, Permits Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225.
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More Information: Rosalind Peterson E-Mail: info@californiaskywatch.com (707) 485-7520 California Sky Watch
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