Officials say weld failure likely caused Hawaii fuel spill

Officials say weld failure likely caused Hawaii fuel spill

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials say a 42,000 gallon jet fuel spill reported Jan. 21. on Oahu was likely caused by a storage-tank weld failure.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have recovered nearly 20,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel at the Sand Island tank farm. The farm supplies fuel to the Honolulu International Airport.

The tank operating company, Aircraft Service International Group, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Terry Corpus, with the state Department of Health's Hazardous Evaluation and Emergency Response office, says the weld failed when the operator performed a vacuum test.

The spill remains under investigation.

The EPA on Friday issued a Clean Water Act compliance order requiring the operator and farm owner Hawaii Fueling Corp. to submit a work plan.

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