The Army Corps of Engineers today issued a permit for the Navy’s $700 million project to improve the explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap.
The Navy expects to begin construction next month, a spokeswoman said.
The Defense Department’s 2012 budget included $280 million to begin the work. It’s the biggest defense-related project in Washington State, and it’s intended to improve the wharf for the base’s eight Trident ballistic-missile submarines.
“I have determined, based on all the data and analysis available to the Corps, that the proposal is the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative available to the applicant and is …