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Department of Health, EPA extend public comment period on Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility agreement

HALAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Residents who didn't give feedback on the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility agreement will have more time to submit comments.

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are extending the public comment period on the proposed agreement with the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency. The new deadline to submit comments is Monday, July 20, 2015.

The current proposed agreement calls for the military to take preventative measures and to minimize the threat of future leaks in the facility.

The U.S. Navy owns 20 concrete and steel storage tanks at its Red Hill Facility. Each tank is 250 feet tall and can hold around 12.5 million gallons of fuel.

In January 2014, the Navy reported around 15 holes in its jet fuel tanks, causing 27,000 gallons of fuel to spill from tank five of the facility.

The leak prompted officials to shut off access to wells as a precaution. Last Thursday, hundreds packed the Moanalua Middle School Cafeteria to hear the draft agreement.

The DOH and EPA extended the comment period in response to requests to prolong the deadline.

After the deadline, the agencies will review the comments and will decide if they will stick to its current proposed agreement or may make changes.

To view the agreement and for more information, click HERE

Comments can be submitted via e-mail to

Mail-in comments can be mailed to:

Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch – Attn: Red Hill
Hawaii Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Boulevard #212
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Related links:

Navy investigates possible fuel leak at Red Hill

Navy, EPA plan to improve Red Hill fuel facility draws hundreds concerned about drinking water

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