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OCTOBER 5, 2015 – On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Department of Health (DOH) announced a final Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with the U.S. Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The AOC requires the military to take immediate and long-term steps to minimize the threat of future leaks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
The BWS is currently conducting an in-depth analysis of the final AOC and Statement of Work (SOW). According to Ernest Lau, manager and chief engineer, "Based on our preliminary review, the revised AOC/SOW still allows the Navy up to 22 years to implement repairs or upgrades to this facility. This continues to be a concern for the BWS as we had advocated for an expedited timeline. Protecting our drinking water resources in the Red Hill area is of utmost importance to the BWS. We look forward to working with the State Department of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency as they move forward with this agreement."
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