U.S. defense chief in Hawai‘i amid distrust after fuel spill

  • Protestors upset with the Department of Defense’s response to the leak of jet fuel into the water supply hold signs outside the gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Hawai‘i this week amid lingering community frustration and distrust after jet fuel from a military storage facility last year spilled into Pearl Harbor’s drinking water, poisoned thousands of military families and threatened the purity of Honolulu’s water supply.

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