US judge tosses lawsuit over Bangor missile wharf

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit over the Navy's construction of a second explosives-handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap.

The Kitsap Sun reports that U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton found the Navy met the requirements of federal environmental law.

A Poulsbo-based group, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, sought to halt construction of the $715 million wharf where missiles will be loaded on and off Trident nuclear submarines. It argued the Navy failed to fully consider how the presence of a second explosives wharf could compound the danger of an explosion.

Any risks are from missile fuel, not nuclear material.

In his ruling Wednesday, Leighton agreed with the Navy that it did not have to disclose an analysis of the risk of explosions, because such information is protected from disclosure. He said the information that can be disclosed establishes that the chance of an explosion is below 1 in 1 million.