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Byline: Matthew Craft
Dec. 14--The Army Corps of Engineers yesterday issued the first of two permits needed for the Port of Seattle to begin construction on a third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Within hours, however, the permit was put on hold.
Col. Ralph Graves, the corps' district engineer, said that after weighing other options -- such as converting Boeing Field, Paine Field in Everett or McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma to use as full-scale airports -- and considering what construction would do to the environment, he decided building a third runway at Sea-Tac is "the least damaging, practicable alternative."
"The project, …