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Navy placing 10,000 yards of sand on Puget Sound seafloor as part of legal settlement

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BREMERTON, Wash. — The U.S. Navy is placing about 10,000 cubic yards of sand onto the seafloor of Sinclair Inlet in Washington as part of a legal settlement with the state, the Suquamish Tribe, and environmental groups.

A contractor's sand-filled barge currently rests above the former site of the USS Independence, a retired aircraft carrier whose hull was scraped for marine life in 2017 before it was sent to a Texas scrapyard for dismantling.

But the tribe, along with other groups, claim in a lawsuit the hull-scraping actually released copper, zinc and other pollutants into the inlet. 

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