At this year’s legislative session, the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and the threat its fuel tanks pose to Oahu’s drinking water continues to raise concerns. Since theAdministrative Order on Consent (AOC) decree was adopted in 2015, the Board of Water Supply has challenged the relatively-slow timeline of the AOC, and has been at the forefront of demanding proactive action in protecting our groundwater from future fuel leaks.
SB 2930, SD2, HD2, pending before the House Finance Committee (did not meet 2nd crossover deadline), mandates the Department of Health to adopt rules for underground storage tanks that conform with federal underground storage tank regulations by October 13th, 2018, and sets up a task force to study the implementation of containment measures at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility. If adopted, the Navy would be required to begin implementing secondary containment solutions by this year. I joined with Sierra Club and Board of Water Supply in submitting written testimony in strong support of SB 2930, SD2, HD1 (copy attached).
In the recently-released Tank Upgrade Alternative report, the Navy outlined a study of 12 possible alternative sites for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility. Of the potential sites, which included Salt Lake District Park and areas near Tripler Army Medical Center and Fort Shafter, the Navy’s preliminary findings determined that Red Hill continues to be the best location. During the March 14, 2018 community meeting, the Navy also presented a concept design for an upgraded Red Hill facility, which includes 40 double-wall fuel tanks with a capacity of 150,000 barrels of oil (bbl) and an estimated completion date of 2051 if it were implemented. The facility currently has 20 fuel tanks with a capacity of 300,000 bbl.