Latest Navy report reveals more Red Hill fuel tank defectsUPDATED 7:46 PM HST Jun 20, 2014Video Transcript
defects ... Last week KITV4 learned of THREE holes in the fuel storage tank under Red Hill.. Now there's word of a DOZEN MORE problems.. KITV's Catherine Cruz has new information about what's happening now. 14 106 126 Crews have been pouring over tank number 5 to find out why 5 and a half inches of fuel disappeared the last time the tank was topped off... A vacuum test discovered the first clue: three pinholes. - file tape : - Indications are that through these pinhole we have identified a possible source which could have led to a reported 27,000 gallons that may have leaked out of the tanks so its not holding air is probably not holding fuel. But the latest report is proving more clues. The highlights in the latest Navy report show that... "Twelve more defects were detected, bringing the total to 15. "The tiny holes were found in welding repairs made during the tank's maintenance." It added that.. "Inspectors found 45 locations on the interior of the empty tank that appear suspect..." NExt week crews will begin pressure testing the pipe system in order to learn more. Meanwhile the EPA wants to hear from companies who can help with the situation at red hill. A regional EPA head recently gave a straightforward reason as to why.. - EPA head 1:59- 2:05 - "The impacts are very bad when you mix fuel and drinking water and we want to make sure those two stay very far apart. One local company is offering up its technology to help in the cleanup. Global Biosciences says it uses a patented process of injecting butane gas it can feed and then starve microbes in the soil and water to do the dirty work - Gilmore 3:43 -4:00 -"We create a very ideal enviroment for them, an ideal nutrition source so they can grow exponentially and we have a system to cut it off and they go after these contaminants and they neutralize the contaminants and render it intert," Ching says the company has been sucessful in small scale projects in five states and is offering to do a pilot project for the Navy. The State health department is planning a public meeting next month to provide an update on its talks with the military as well as a timeline for cleanup. - EPA head 4:57-5:08 -"It is very, very expensive to clean up contaminated groundwater to the level that public would feel safe. We want to make sure the water never gets contaminated. It has been almost six months since the leak was first reported. It is not clear at this point exactly how much fuel spilled and where it all went. It is likely that the cleanup process is likely not going to be fast. But officials continue to test our groundwater to make sure that spill hasnt making its way into our aquafer.