Supreme Court Will Hear Navy Sonar Appeal

Justices also reject environmentalists' challenge to US-Mexico border fence
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2008 1:06 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the US Navy's objection to a court order that ships may not use sonar within 12 miles of the California coast because high-frequency signals are harming whales and other marine life, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Bush administration argues that the judge exceeded her authority in putting environmental concerns before national security.

Environmentalists received another blow when the Justices turned down an appeal regarding the Bush administration's plan to build a fence along the US border with Mexico, the New York Times notes. Eco-friendly groups had claimed a 2005 law allowing the Department of Homeland Security to waive environmental laws was unconstitutional.