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Environmentalists say that a five-year training program proposed by the Navy off the coast of Southern California would ramp up sonar activity and underwater detonations that could pose a threat to endangered marine mammals like the blue whale.

The California Coastal Commission is expected to rule at a hearing in San Diego on Friday on whether more protective measures are needed before the program begins in January and runs through 2019.

In its proposal, the Navy estimates the increased activity would have a negligible impact on marine populations.

“We believe mitigation measures that are highly effective have been in place for years,” said Alex Stone, who directs the Navy’s program.

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