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U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono calls for closing Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility through state permitting process

  • COURTESY OFFICE OF SEN. MAZIE HIRONO
                                U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono visited the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on Tuesday with Rear Adm. Blake Converse, left, and Capt. Albert Hornyak.

    COURTESY OFFICE OF SEN. MAZIE HIRONO

    U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono visited the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on Tuesday with Rear Adm. Blake Converse, left, and Capt. Albert Hornyak.

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                                Senator Mazie Hirono speaks to the news media about her tour of the U.S. Navy’s Red Hill fuel facilities inside the closed Navy Exchange food court in Honolulu.

    JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Senator Mazie Hirono speaks to the news media about her tour of the U.S. Navy’s Red Hill fuel facilities inside the closed Navy Exchange food court in Honolulu.

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                                The closed Navy Exchange food court is seen on Tuesday. Eateries there were shut down in November after fuel from the Red Hill facility leaked into the Navy’s drinking water system.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The closed Navy Exchange food court is seen on Tuesday. Eateries there were shut down in November after fuel from the Red Hill facility leaked into the Navy’s drinking water system.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono defended her decision Tuesday not to sign onto a congressional bill that would mandate the permanent shutdown of the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility, telling reporters that she was focused instead on a state permitting process that could accomplish the same goal, but faster. Read more

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