Kitsap sub plans raise security questions

The Navy wants a wharf expansion at Bangor to upgrade nuclear missiles. But why?

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Rogers also voiced environmental concerns about the project, especially with the pounding of hundreds of pilings for the second wharf and upgrading the first wharf.

The environmental impact study report said the driving of the pilings -— especially the noise, stirring up of dirt and air emissions  — would likely affect underwater vegetation, salmon and other fish, Stellar sea lions, marbled murrelets, orcas, and other life in and along Hood Canal.

The EIS report said:

Construction and operation of the (second wharf) would contribute to regional cumulative impacts to marine resources such as shallow-water habitat, including loss of eelgrass, macroalgae and habitat for juvenile salmon and other fish and invertebrate species. The project would also contribute to cumulative impacts on the marine environment. However, through the implementation of proposed actions in the Mitigation Action Plan, the project's contributions to cumulative impacts would be insignificant.

The mitigation plans include noise dampening measures, monitoring marine life to stop work when they get too close to the construction work, and replanting underwater vegetation.

Meanwhile, the Ground Zero Center plans to hold a day full of activities — including some about about the second wharf — at its Kitsap County site and at Bangor's front gate on May 12.

John Stang covers state government for Crosscut. He can be reached by writing editor@crosscut.com.


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Comments:

Posted Mon, Apr 30, 8:52 a.m. Inappropriate

I had something to say about this but unfortunately it takes more than the new 1000 character limit to outline.

chapala21

Posted Mon, Apr 30, 12:42 p.m. Inappropriate

Is this anticipated to be an issue in the upcoming congressional elections? Up until now no issue in the district really mattered as Norm Dicks would win with 65% of the vote.

Brian_253

Posted Mon, Apr 30, 1:19 p.m. Inappropriate

I'd be interested to know why the Navy thinks that this one-time project is so urgent that it requires the building of additional permanent infrastructure.

dbreneman

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