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GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Salt Lake resident Pat Tobara addressed the panel of U.S. Navy officers and EPA and Defense Logistics Agency officials Wednesday during a meeting with the public to address questions regarding the 2023 Red Hill consent order at the Oahu Veterans Center.
Residents critical of Red Hill agreement

Top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Navy weathered a barrage of criticism from residents who crowded a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss a proposed regulatory agreement relating to the defueling of the military’s Red Hill fuel facility. Read more

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawmakers in Hawaii are pushing for Par Hawaii’s refinery in Campbell Industrial Park to be one of the storage locations for the fuel from Red Hill when the Navy begins defueling the tanks.
Off The News: EPA, Navy to discuss Red Hill

Amid skepticism over the level of oversight on the Navy’s defueling of the Red Hill fuel storage facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public meetings next week to take feedback on its proposed settlement agreement with the military. Read more

U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC. MATTHEW MACKINTOSH
                                A Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor employee uses a pickaxe to loosen soil as part of NAVFAC Public Works Department and Joint Task Force-Red Hill’s (JTF-RH) hazard material spill recovery operation at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) in Halawa, Hawaii, Dec. 1, 2022.
Editorial: More Red Hill missteps by Navy

In the latest disappointment by the Navy in addressing the Red Hill catastrophe, the deadline was missed for a report on what caused at least 1,300 gallons of toxic aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), used to extinguish fuel fires, to spill from a pipe at Red Hill on Nov. 29. Read more

U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS CHRISTOPHER THOMAS
                                Photo of the temporary staging area for aqueous film-forming foam recovery at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
Report on toxic Red Hill spill delayed

The military says it’s pushed the deadline to the end of this week for an officer to complete his investigation into what caused an estimated 1,300 gallons of toxic fire suppressant to spill from a pipe at Red Hill on Nov. 29, though won’t say when that report might be released to the public. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The U.S. Navy leads a media tour of the Red Hill Shaft in Halawa on Friday, January 28, 2022.
Editorial: Tighten EPA order on Red Hill shutdown

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposed order that formally requires the Navy to defuel and close the Red Hill Bulk Storage Facility safely, and commits the Navy to “properly operate and maintain” its drinking water system serving Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) to protect users’ health and safety. Read more

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                                Rusty barrel leaking oil isolated on white, 3d illustration.
Column: Military will default to secrecy, as Red Hill shows

Many on Oahu have expressed the view that the U.S. Navy command is entirely incompetent in its response to last year’s fuel leak and the recent leak of firefighting foam containing highly concentrated carcinogenic PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances), commonly known as “forever chemicals.” Read more


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