20,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel recovered at Sand Island

20,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel recovered at Sand Island

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 20,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel have been recovered at Sand Island as of Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

The EPA has been working with the Hawaii Department of Health in response to the jet fuel spill from an above-ground storage tank on Sand Island Access Road at the Airport Service Group International facility late January. The tank's owner, the Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corporation, initially estimated that 42,000 gallons of jet fuel had leaked from its No. 2 tank, which developed a hole at the bottom.

The EPA said fuel is being pumped from extraction trenches and wells directly into vacuum trucks. The trucks have been taken to a fuel storage farm at the Honolulu International Airport for processing. Crews are also installing additional fuel recovery wells outside the facility.

It doesn't appear that any of the spilled fuel has moved any closer to shore waters or Keehi Lagoon, and it has not affected harbor activities.

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