Critics demand better solutions to address Red Hill fuel leaks


A meeting was held Thursday night to update the community about what’s being done to make sure our drinking water is safe.

Two years ago, the U.S. Navy reported that 27,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked from one of its tanks in its Red Hill storage facility.

The tanks, 20 of them, are located about a hundred feet above the aquifer that provides water to homes and businesses from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai.

We told you earlier this week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Department of Health rejected the Navy’s proposed plan for addressing leaks.

The Sierra Club is among those calling for a better plan.

“The status quo at Red Hill is no longer acceptable,” said Marti Townsend with Sierra Club of Hawaii. “We want to see these tanks be leak-proof and the contamination that’s already escaped into the environment to be cleaned up, and that’s our basic minimum expectation.”

“We put a lot of work into developing our work plan, over 800 pages,” said Capt. Richard Hayes, commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. “There are some areas the EPA would like us to clarify a little more of showing our work and not jumping to a final answer, so we’re committed to going back and reworking that plan to make sure it’s the best product possible.”

The EPA and health department gave the Navy 30 days to correct 11 inadequacies found in its plan.

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