Court clears Navy to build undersea training range

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the Navy to build a $100 million undersea training range off Georgia and Florida.

A coalition of conservationists had appealed a lower court decision that allowed the training range. They said they fear the range would put warships and submarines too close to endangered right whales.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued an opinion upholding the lower court ruling that the Navy had appropriately studied whether the location of the range posed a risk to whales.

The conservation groups sued in 2010, saying war games in that area would pose a risk to the whales that migrate each winter to the coasts of Georgia and Florida to give birth to their calves.

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