Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility

In January 2014, the U.S. Navy reported a 27,000 gallon leak of jet fuel from Tank 5 at its Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Navy owns twenty fuel tanks in the Red Hill area, each able to contain up to 12.5 million gallons of fuel. These tanks are located 100 feet above the groundwater aquifer. 100 feet is the height of the State Capitol. This aquifer is also the same one that BWS uses to provide water to residents from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai.

The BWS regularly posts updates online about the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and has made available a searchable online repository of several hundred documents pertaining to leaks at the facility, including inspection reports, groundwater monitoring reports. 

If you have questions or comments about Red Hill, contact the BWS Communications Office by phone at (808) 748-5041 or by email at contactus@hbws.org.


April 2019 Update
 

BWS Comments on Navy Testimony for Hawaii Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 (SCR 35)

APRIL 11, 2019 – The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) provided comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Hawaii State Department of Health regarding the U.S. Navy's testimony for Senate Concurrent Resolution 35.

Joint Hearing: House Committees on Health and on Energy & Environmental Protection

APRIL 11, 2019 – The Hawaii House Committees on Health and on Energy & Environmental Protection held a joint briefing to address immediate concerns regarding public health as it relates to the environment, including concerns about the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. Representatives from the Hawaii Department of Health, the U.S. military, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Life of the Land, and the Sierra Club of Hawaii were invited to participate. This session took place on Thursday, April 11, in Room 329 at the State Capitol.

  • Watch the April 11, 2019 briefing on demand via Capitol TV.

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March 2019 Update
 

U.S. Navy Application for Underground Storage Tank Permit at Red Hill

MARCH 29, 2019 – The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) provided comments to the Hawaii State Department of Health regarding the U.S. Navy's recent application for an Underground Storage Tank (UST) permit for 20 USTs at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility.

Public Hearing on Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 (SCR 35)

MARCH 20, 2019 – Members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture & Environment and the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental & Military Affairs voted to advance Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 following a public hearing held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The resolution would encourage federal and state regulators to reject a single-wall tank upgrade option for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and to encourage the U.S. Navy to take greater steps, including the option of permanently relocating the tanks, to prevent fuel contamination from reaching Oahu's underground aquifers at Red Hill.


City & County of Honolulu City Council Meeting - Resolution 18-266, CD1

MARCH 8, 2019 – The City & County of Honolulu City Council heard final public testimony, and ultimately approved the adoption of Committee Report 57 and Resolution 18-266, CD1 as amended, which urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health to reject the approval of a single wall tank upgrade alternative option for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and to reject the conclusions presented in the Groundwater Protection and Evaluation Considerations for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Report dated July 27, 2018.

Destructive Analysis of 10 Steel Coupons Removed from Red Hill Fuel Storage Tank #14

MARCH 8, 2019 – The Honolulu Board of Water Supply submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Department of Health (DOH) regarding the IMR Test Labs Report regarding the Destructive Analysis of 10 Steel Coupons Removed from Red Hill Fuel Storage Tank #14.

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February 2019 Update


City Council Committee on Public Infrastructure, Technology and Sustainability

FEBRUARY 27, 2019 – During a continued session on Wednesday, February 27, for the Honolulu City Council's Committee on Public Infrastructure, Technology and Sustainability, the committee concluded the public hearing on Resolution 18-266, which urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health to reject the approval of a single wall tank upgrade alternative option for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and to reject the conclusions presented in the Groundwater Protection and Evaluation Considerations for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Report dated July 27, 2018.

City Council Committee on Public Infrastructure, Technology and Sustainability

FEBRUARY 6, 2019 – The U.S. Navy briefed the Honolulu City Council's Committee on Public Infrastructure, Technology and Sustainability on their updates regarding the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC). This briefing and public testimony were conducted as part of discussions on Resolution 18-266, which urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health to reject the approval of a single wall tank upgrade alternative option for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and to reject the conclusions presented in the Groundwater Protection and Evaluation Considerations for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Report dated July 27, 2018.

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January 2019 Update


BWS Board of Directors Meeting: Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Update

JANUARY 28, 2019 – The BWS presented an update on the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility to the Board of Directors during its regular meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019.

City Council Committee on Public Infrastructure, Technology and Sustainability

JANUARY 23, 2019 – The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) provided an update regarding Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) to the Honolulu City Council's Committee on Public Infrastructure, Technology and Sustainability. This briefing and public testimony were conducted as part of discussions on Resolution 18-266, which urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health to reject the approval of a single wall tank upgrade alternative option for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and to reject the conclusions presented in the Groundwater Protection and Evaluation Considerations for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Report dated July 27, 2018

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Get Involved

Help to keep our groundwater aquifers and environment safe now and into the future by contacting your elected officials and the Red Hill project coordinators:

Your Elected Officials
U.S. Rep. Ed Case
Hawaii's 1st District
HI: (808) 650-6688
DC: (202) 225-2726
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Hawaii's 2nd District
HI: (808) 541-1986
DC: (202) 225-4906
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono
HI: (808) 522-8970
DC: (202) 224-6361
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz
HI: (808) 523-2061
DC: (202) 224-3934
Red Hill Project Coordinators
Roxanne Kwan
Department of Health
(808) 586-4226
roxanne.kwan@doh.hawaii.gov
Omer Shalev
U.S. EPA Region 9
(415) 947-3538
shalev.omer@epa.gov
Mark Manfredi
NAVFAC Hawaii
(808) 473-4148
mark.manfredi@navy.mil

Updated: 01/03/19

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