Regulators want Navy to redo some Red Hill fuel tank plans

HONOLULU (AP) — Regulators are ordering the Navy to redo some of its plans to assess the threat its Red Hill fuel tanks pose to Honolulu’s groundwater.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health sent a letter to the Navy dated Sept. 15. It says the military will need to gather sufficient data to establish likely groundwater flow directions beneath and around the tanks.

The agencies say the work is critical for limiting the risk to the drinking water from past and potential future fuel leaks.

The Navy stores fuel for military ships and aircraft in 20 underground tanks at Red Hill. The tanks sit on an aquifer that supplies a quarter of the water consumed in urban Honolulu.

The Navy detected a leak of 27,000 gallons from one tank in 2014.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.