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Mar 8, 2013 3:24 PM by Associated Press

Calif. regulators reject Navy offshore training

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California Coastal Commission has rejected a Navy explosives and sonar training program that critics said could harm endangered blue whales and other sea life.

Commissioners meeting Friday in San Diego said the Navy didn't have enough information to back up its argument that the threat to marine mammals would be negligible.

The Navy said the five-year plan contains sufficient protections but many environmentalists disagreed.

The Navy program is set to begin next January and encompasses 120,000 nautical square miles of the Pacific.

If the Navy chooses to go ahead with the training, the commission can sue in an effort to block it.

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