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Coast Guard looks to “green” operations

Submitted by on 1, January 6, 2009 – 7:45 amNo Comment

The Coast Guard wants to know what you have to say about a series of proposals intended to lessen the service’s impacts on marine animals and the waters they call home, along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

The Coast Guard is hosting a public hearing to discuss the environmental impacts of their proposals from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. The public has until February 17 to comment on the service’s draft environmental impact statement outlining the proposals.

The proposals listed in the 383-page environmental document include changing procedures, enhancing training on protected marine species and strengthening partnerships with other federal agencies charged with protecting animals.

The Coast Guard is seeking to limit collisions with whales, sea turtles and sea birds and to lessen pollution, noise and other impacts to marine animals’ habitat.

Separately, the Coast Guard has been sued by environmental groups both for its use of sonar in training exercises and for its alleged failure to protect blue whales suspected to have died after being struck by ships in 2007 in the Santa Barbara Channel. (The sonar suit was settled last week, and the details are here.)

Information and documents on this one are available here.

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