Navy releases Red Hill clean up plan, lawmakers push for drinking water protectionUPDATED 7:59 PM HST Mar 19, 2014Video Transcript
cleanup plan for that huge fuel spill at Red Hill. New tonight... The Navy just released a preliminary response plan... KITV's Catherine Cruz is here with more ... all new at six. Concern over the potential threat to our drinking water that the massive underground fuel storage facility poses --- is growing. City and state officials are preparing to brief our congressional delegation about the seriousness of the situation. Protecting our drinking water is quickly becoming a top priority for lawmakers after an estimated 27-thousand gallon fuel leaked at the Red Hill facility. The source of our drinking water lies just a few hundred feet below the underground fuel tanks. Tulsi 35:45 - 35:53 -"That cannot be overstated enough and Its our job that this is communicated as we go through this appropriations process so people understand the seriousness of whats occuring here." Gabbard is fast becoming familiar with protecting the water supply.. Her district already contains water treatment plants where pesticide residue from old pineapple plantations has to be filtered out of the ground water. This granular activated carbon plant here located in Central Oahu cost almost five million dollars to build - Ernest 2:10 -2: 18 - "We have them here in Mililani, Waipahu, we have facilities in Kunia ,We also have facilities in Haleiwa and Waialua" If at some point the military's fuel reaches the Halawa shaft which supplies water to homes from Moanalua to Hawaii kai, the city could be forced to build a facility two and a half times bigger than this one. - 9:12-9:22 "We cannot replace Halawa shaft in todays dollars. It would be so expensive. To preserve it and protect is paramount for us." - Cruz 25:44- 25: - "The thing about this system is that youve got to replace the carbon and the Board of Water Supply's bill to do that is more than 2 million dollars a year," That cost for filters at all the treatment plants is as added cost to consumers on their monthly bills. The military has been considering the need to build something similar for its Pearl Harbor well which provides water for military residents. The Navy is currently in the process of evaluating just how many additional monitoring wells it may need to develop, and where they should go. Officials hope to impress on Hawaii's congressional delegation that funding necesarry to maintain Red Hill-- which fuels the entire Pacific Fleet---should also include protecting the island's aquafir. - Tulsi 34:05 - 34:12 "Let that urgency be known as we look at the picture of national security and defense." Navy contractors have still not been able to get in to inspect that leaky tank even though that spill happened two months ago. We're told now that could happen at the end of next month.