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Group sues over Navy's plans for training in national forest

Olympic National Park. (KOMO File)

SEATTLE (AP) - A new lawsuit is challenging a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to let the Navy use Olympic National Forest for electronic-warfare training exercises.

The Forest Service in July issued the Navy a special permit that will allow it to park mobile electronic transmitters at 11 spots along roads in the national forest. The transmitters would engage in exercises with radar-jamming jet pilots from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

A group called Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics sued over the decision in U.S. District Court on Friday. It says the Forest Service failed to consider whether the transmitters could be parked on private land instead, or whether the Navy's use of the land is compatible with the public's enjoyment of the land.

The Forest Service did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

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