Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility

In January 2014, the U.S. Navy reported a 27,000 gallon leak of jet fuel from Tank 5 at its Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Navy owns twenty fuel tanks in the Red Hill area, each able to contain up to 12.5 million gallons of fuel. These tanks are located 100 feet above the groundwater aquifer. 100 feet is the height of the State Capitol. This aquifer is also the same one that BWS uses to provide water to residents from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai.

The BWS regularly posts updates online about the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and has made available a searchable online repository of several hundred documents pertaining to leaks at the facility, including inspection reports, groundwater monitoring reports. 

If you have questions or comments about Red Hill, contact the BWS Communications Office by phone at (808) 748-5041 or by email at

July 2017 Updates

Red Hill Administrative Order on Consent

JULY 5, 2017 – The BWS recently offered comments to the EPA and Hawaii DOH on the following topics:

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June 2017 Updates

Red Hill Administrative Order on Consent

JUNE 14, 2017 – The BWS has posted a copy of a letter from the DOH to the U.S. Navy:


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Get Involved

Help to keep our groundwater aquifers and environment safe now and into the future by contacting your elected officials and the Red Hill project coordinators:
Your Elected Officials
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
Hawaii's 1st District
(808) 541-2570
(202) 225-2726
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Hawaii's 2nd District
(808) 541-1986
(202) 225-4906
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono
(808) 522-8970
(202) 224-6361
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz
(808) 523-2061
(202) 224-3934
Red Hill Project Coordinators
Steven Y.K. Chang
Department of Health
(808) 586-4426
Bob Pallarino
U.S. EPA Region 9
(415) 947-4128
Mark Manfredi
(808) 473-4148

In addition, the BWS posted comments for the following:

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May 2017 Updates

Red Hill Fuel Storage Tank Project Update Meeting

MAY 26, 2017 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Hawaii Department of Health, the U.S. Navy, and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will be sponsoring a meeting on Thursday, June 22, to provide information on the progress being made to evaluate and implement upgrades to the infrastructure and operations and maintenance procedures for the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. Information on the ongoing work to investigate and monitor the groundwater under and around the facility will also be available. The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions related to the work being performed under the Administrative Order on Consent with the U.S. Navy and the DLA.

If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact the regulatory agencies by sending an e-mail to or calling Thu Perry at (808) 586-4226.

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April 2017 Updates

Existing Data Summary and Evaluation (EDSE) Report and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests for Information

April 21, 2017 – The BWS offered comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to the Existing Data Summary and Evaluation (EDSE) Report for Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Fate and Transport Modeling, Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii.

The BWS also requested assistance from U.S. Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono and of U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa with getting timely responses from the Department of Navy to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests for Information submitted on October 14, 2016 and November 11, 2016.

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February 2017 Updates

Hawaii Lawmakers Consider Senate Bill 1259

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – This month, the Hawaii lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 1259, which would require the Navy to implement tank upgrades by July 2027 or to shut down the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility by 2030.

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January 2017 Updates

Red Hill Toxicological Study and Risk Assessment

JANUARY 31, 2017 – The BWS offered comments to the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) regarding the results of a toxicological study and risk assessment that the BWS has performed on the groundwater in the vicinity of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and has requested immediate action in response to releases to the groundwater at the facility.

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