Navy Dumps Hazardous Substances into Puget Sound: Washington State AG | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Navy Dumps Hazardous Substances into Puget Sound: Washington State AG

The U.S. Navy dumped the equivalent of 50 dump truck loads of solid material, including copper and zinc, into Puget Sound and must be stopped before it does so again, according to Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The Navy provides dock space at Naval Base Kitsap for decommissioned, nonoperational vessels to be dismantled, recycled and disposed of. While cleaning the ship Independence at the yard in January 2017 before shipment to Texas for disposal, the Navy dumped the scraped-off paint into Sinclair Inlet, in violation of state and federal laws, according to a news release issued by Ferguson.

"You would think we would be at the stage where everybody, but especially the federal government, understands you can't just scrape a vessel into Puget Sound. ... It's insane," Ferguson said in an interview Thursday.

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