Navy Seeks Public Comment On Sonar Training

The Navy is seeking the public's ideas on the environmental consequences of sonar and mine warfare training exercies. The Navy is holding a three-hour informal open house this evening in Morehead City to gather public comments on what issues it should address in a coming study.

Spokesman Jim Brantley of the Navy Fleet Forces Command says the study will determine whether the Navy should continue large-scale exercises along the coast. Other alternatives include focusing exercises in one area or moving them seasonally to avoid migrating whales.

The open house begins at five p-m at the National Guard Armory in Morehead City.

Michelle Nowlin of the Southern Environmental Law Center says citizens should participate to make sure the Navy considers their concerns.

She says that limiting the training to one area would make it easier to monitor the impact. But she says the Navy should consider whether that would harm fish and marine mammals in that area.