SEATTLE — The Corps of Engineers says old Navy munitions found under Seattle’s cruise ship terminal are not a major threat.
The commander of the Seattle district, Col. Anthony Wright, said the munitions have been sitting in saltwater for decades. But he told the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce it needs to be addressed.
The corps is leading a $10 million cleanup project with the Port of Seattle, Navy, Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency.
Divers have been finding old munitions since April under Piers 90 and 91. The old shells and weapons rounds were apparently dropped in the water between the 1930s and 1970 when the Navy used the piers.
The munitions were buried in sediment until they were uncovered by cruise ship thrusters.