HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) released 27 new laboratory reports related to the Navy water system incident on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
Five of those results detected trace levels of petroleum product at residences in Iroquois Point and McGrew Point well below the DOH Environmental Action Level.
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However, after meeting dozens of families with health problems, state Senator Kurt Fevella is puzzled.
“These families are not making up being sick,” said Sen. Fevella. “They have rash, they’re throwing up, adding to the condition of health and welfare for their kids who have leukemia and one of them has epilepsy.”
Still, he says the bottom line is clear.
“Shouldn’t we have no petroleum in our water?”
The DOH reports that the other samples collected from 22 locations — including Iroquois Point Elementary School, the Navy’s Aiea Halawa Shaft, the Navy’s Halawa Storage tank and private residences — did not detect petroleum products. Testing at Halawa Correctional Facility also came back negative.
The samples for all 27 reports were collected between Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 by DOH staff and analyzed by Eurofins Scientific in California. The state health department says sampling only captures contaminant levels at a point in time, and these results will not change DOH’s do-not-consume recommendation.
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The Department of Health recommends all Navy water system users avoid using the water for drinking, cooking, or oral hygiene. Those who detect a foul odor should also avoid using the water for dishwashing, bathing and laundry.
Fevella says he plans to demand independent water testing in Iroquois Point.
“My niece has lived there from 2012 and she’s been getting skin conditions. I think she has been to the doctor more than once. Her neighbors kids are throwing up. So, what is this flu season? I mean, come on. Now they need to do a thorough investigation in this.”
For impacted families, he had this to say.
“Continue to be very, very cautious. Don’t drink the water. Continue to see your healthcare provider, document, document, document and start looking for an attorney.”