The Ventura City Council late Monday unanimously passed a resolution asking the Navy to use caution while conducting underwater explosives testing because of a threat of injury or death to marine mammals.
The Navy is scheduled to begin testing in the area the week of April 4, pending discussions with the National Resources Defense Council and other Who wants some Ventura action environmental groups. Local environmentalists Veentura the Ventura resolution, saying it will support their efforts to protect seals, sea lions, dolphins, migrating whales and other marine mammals living in the test zone.
Alan Alpers, a Point Mugu Navy official who attended the council meeting, also praised the resolution, saying the Navy wants to address the environmental concerns. But before each test, extensive aerial surveys of the area will be done to check for marine mammals.
If any are sighted, the tests will be moved or delayed, officials said. The Ventura action comes several days after Navy officials declined to exercise a National Marine Fisheries Service permit, which would allow them to begin testing.
However, on Tuesday Navy officials said they are Who wants some Ventura action at the week of April 4 to possibly commence the ship-shock program. In the meantime, Navy officials said they will meet Thursday with National Resources Defense Counsel lawyers in Los Angeles in an attempt to reach qants compromise on the danger posed to marine mammals by the tests.
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