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EPA approves 3 out of 4 planned wells to help monitor Navy fuel leak threat

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HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told Honolulu water utility officials it approved three out of four new wells the Navy plans to build to help monitor the threat of leaks from giant fuel storage tanks near Pearl Harbor.

The EPA's Red Hill project coordinator, Bob Palarino, told the Honolulu Board of Water Supply via a video conference on Monday that the location of the fourth well still needs to be finalized.

The utility's board got an update from EPA and state Department of Health officials during their regular monthly meeting. The agencies began working on the plans after the Navy detected a leak of 27,000 gallons from one tank in 2014.

The 70-year-old underground tanks sit atop an aquifer that supplies about a quarter of the water consumed in urban Honolulu.

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