By AUDREY McAVOY
HONOLULU (AP) - Three state Senate committees are supporting a bill that would help Hawaii protect against fuel leaks from underground storage tanks owned by the military.
The committees passed legislation during a joint hearing on Friday that would create Department of Health positions to monitor the Navy's fulfillment of an agreement aimed at preventing and detecting leaks from 20 giant fuel storage tanks at Red Hill.
The move comes amid concern for the safety of Hawaii's water supplies after the Navy in 2014 detected a leak of 27,000 gallons from a Red Hill tank, which sits atop a large aquifer.
The three committees are responsible for health, military and environmental issues.
They also passed a bill creating a panel of military and state officials to study underground fuel tank leaks at military facilities.