EPA, state reject Navy's plan to deal with Red Hill fuel spills
Unacceptable. That's essentially what officials with the State Health Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are saying about the Navy's work plan to deal with fuel spills at its Red Hill facility.
HONOLULU - Unacceptable.
That's essentially what officials with the State Health Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are saying about the Navy's work plan to deal with fuel spills at its Red Hill facility.
Two years ago, more than 27,000 gallons of fuel leaked from a massive underground tank at Red Hill. It hasn't been cleaned up, because no one knows where it went.
But the military's proposed action work plan doesn't go far enough, soon enough. That's according to a letter sent by the EPA and the state two weeks ago.
The Sierra Club is applauding efforts to demand the Navy do more to protect our drinking water source.
"If they can't ensure these tanks will never leak again then they need to be retired and the fuel stored in a modern facility that meets our modern expectation. There's no indication from the way the tanks were built to last
Forever, much less 79 years,” said the Sierra Club’s Marti Townsend. The Navy recently installed two monitoring wells to detect if the spill was threatening our drinking water.
But Townsend points to an Air Force base in New Mexico which installed 100 monitoring wells to our 12 and says the plan falls short.
The Board of Water Supply has no confidence in the single-lined tanks and has suggested the fuel be moved away from our aquifers. The rejection of the work plan comes just before a big community meeting at Moanalua on Thursday night.
That public meeting starts at 6pm and is being held at Moanalua Middle School.