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Hawaii, EPA and Navy agree to plan to address tank leaks

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii state Department of Health have finalized a deal with the Navy to better prevent and detect leaks from 20 giant fuel storage tanks near Pearl Harbor.

The parties said Thursday they strengthened an earlier proposed plan in response to public feedback.

The deal calls for studying options for upgrading the tanks and then fixing them over the next 20 years. The upgrades are expected to cost tens of millions of dollars.

The new provisions agreed to include installing additional monitoring wells as soon as possible.

The Navy last year detected a leak of 27,000 gallons of fuel from one tank. Samples from nearby water-monitoring wells showed a spike in hydrocarbons indicating possible fuel contamination.

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