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MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS LUKE MCCALL/U.S. NAVY VIA AP, FILE
                                In this Dec. 23, 2021, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Rear Adm. John Korka, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC), and Chief of Civil Engineers, leads Navy and civilian water quality recovery experts through the tunnels of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Off the News: Navy worried about wrong leak

Despite all the promises from top brass that the defueling of the Red Hill fuel storage facility would be handled in a transparent fashion, the Navy’s reaction to just-leaked images of last year’s spill indicate it’s learned the wrong lessons from its mistakes. Read more

COURTESY U.S. NAVY / JAN. 18 The Pentagon’s five-phase plan mentions that the Red Hill tanks currently hold 104 million gallons of fuel. Above, a Navy contractor performs maintenance at the Red Hill well.
Hawaii health officials question Navy’s Red Hill fuel spill findings

The state Department of Health says the Navy’s conclusion that just a small amount of fuel likely escaped into the environment following a May 6, 2021, fuel release doesn’t comport with its own analysis showing spikes in petroleum contamination in monitoring wells around the Red Hill fuel storage facility in the months following the spill. Read more

U.S. ARMY / DEC. 2
                                Col. Phillip “Cain” Baker meets with Army families to address community concerns at Aliamanu Military Reservation.
Officer who led Army’s Red Hill response is promoted to general

The officer who organized the Army’s initial response to contamination of the Navy’s water system from a spill at the Red Hill fuel storage facility is now a general. Col. Phillip “Cain” Baker, the 25th Infantry Division’s deputy commander for support, was promoted to brigadier general Friday in a small ceremony at the Schofield Barracks attended by family and friends. Read more

DOD PHOTO BY U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. BRITTANY A. CHASE
                                Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks tours Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility with senior Naval leadership on Oahu, Hawaii, Dec. 14, 2021.
Long list of failures caused Red Hill leak, Navy investigation finds

An alarming list of operational and leadership failures, communication breakdowns and cavalier attitudes toward oversight at the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility contributed to two leaks in 2021 that ultimately contaminated the Navy’s drinking water system with jet fuel, according to a long-awaited investigation released Thursday by the Navy. Read more

COURTESY U.S. NAVY / JAN. 18 The Pentagon’s five-phase plan mentions that the Red Hill tanks currently hold 104 million gallons of fuel. Above, a Navy contractor performs maintenance at the Red Hill well.
Pentagon releases 2-year plan to drain Red Hill fuel tanks

The Pentagon expects it will take at least two years to safely defuel the 20 massive tanks at its underground Red Hill fuel storage facility, according to a five-phase plan released Thursday by the state Department of Health. Read more

JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Red Hill Elementary School pre-schooler Jacob Torres, 4, washes his hands before lunch in Honolulu.
Editorial: Navy shouldn’t waste our water

The words “Ka Wai Ola” — water for life — is a slogan the Honolulu Board of Water Supply likes to use in describing its mission. Especially with summertime drought looming, water is precious, and not a resource to be squandered. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JAN. 28
                                The Navy continues to pump about 4.5 million gallons of water daily from the Red Hill shaft into Halawa Stream through a system of pipes.
No end in sight for Red Hill water pumping

The Navy continues to pump about 4.5 million gallons of water daily out of its Red Hill shaft in an effort to remediate the aquifer that was polluted with fuel from its Red Hill tanks in 2021. Read more

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Veronica Crescioni, a military dependent injured by the tainted Red Hill tap water, spoke on Monday night, June 20, to U.S. Representatives Ed Case, Kai Kahele and Board of Water Supply Chief Engineer Ernie Lau at a town hall meeting at Moanalua High School.
Editorial: Close Red Hill as quickly as possible

Fuel leaks at the Navy’s Red Hill storage facility pose a grave hazard to Oahu’s environment and water supply. And revelations about the dimensions of this disaster keep coming, further complicating an already complex mandate to defuel the massive tanks. Read more

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele spoke Monday night at a town hall meeting at Moanalua High School on the defueling of the Red Hill fuel tanks.
Repairs before defueling Red Hill facility might cost $100 million

It could take more than two years and cost upward of $100 million in repairs before the Navy can begin safely draining its Red Hill fuel tanks, according to Hawaii U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele, who held a town hall meeting Monday night with U.S. Rep. Ed Case at Moanalua High School Performing Arts Center. Read more


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