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EPA visits Red Hill storage facilityUPDATED 9:42 PM HST Apr 15, 2014Video Transcript
underground fuel storage facility on earth... And it's already sprung a few leaks... The feds want to make sure the danger stops NOW. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji de Nies... The latest leak at the Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility lost 27- thousand gallons.. A high-ranking E-P-A official wanted to see the facility for himself.. He's talking to KITV's Catherine Cruz in our top story. 17 1:37 Jerad Blumenfeld likes to see things for himself. Today he toured a sewage pump station in Kakaako. Yesterday... much larger facility... the Navy's Red Hill fuel storage facility. Blumenfeld tells us he was struck by the enormity of the place and the risks that come along with it. - Jerad 8:46-9:06 -"This is the largest underground fuel facility in the world 250 million gallons is a lot of fuel. We want to make sure if there is a catastrophic event were to happen like an earthquake, that the drinking water supply of Pearl Harbor and Honolulu are safe" Blomenfled has been assured the Navy is onboard to find out why 27 thousand gallons leaked out of tank number five earlier this year. Unitil it does, he says the military has put a hold on any further construction at the facility. - Jerad 10 33-10;44 - "My goal is to make sure we have an enforceable order with the navy which says this is what needs to be done. It's more than a handshake these are the prescribed activites and it will help make sure to get the money to get those things done and give certainy to us and everyone here in Hawaii," A 1998 risk assessment highlighted the potential threat to Halawa valley--noting the prison and what at the time was minimal use of the area. But today the area is a bustling industrial park and homes have been built up around the area. Long time Moanalua resident Albert Imamara has watched the area develop and while he never thought twice about living next to the facility, the recent leak has left him wanting to know more. -- BOB TAPE Albert Imamura 1:25-1:34 - "My primary concern is the closeness it could be to the water table we have limited water on this island," And its precisely what's on Jerad Blumenfelds mind too. - Jerad 949-9:55 -"This is a warning bell to me. to say there is a big facility. It was built 70 years ago. It was a engineering feat, it but are the safety precautions in place? - BOB TAPE 2:01 -2:03 - "Easy to say but hard to do" Imamura, a retired engineer is thinking about attending a town meeting tonight where residents will be briefed by the military and state health department on the risks to living close to the facility. It's been four months since the massive leak. The EPA says the military still has not been able to get into the tank to inspect it--the hope is that happens before the end of the month. Tonight's town meeting organized by area lawmakers is being held at Moanalua elementary school from 7-8 pm. Tomorrow legislators will vote on a measure calling for a task force to look at the potential effects of this most recent fuel leak. Back to you.