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DECEMBER 27, 2016 – The BWS offered comments to the U.S. EPA and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) regarding a briefing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services and follow-up comments and minutes from a conference call with the EPA and DOH.
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NOVEMBER 23, 2016 – The BWS has offered comments regarding a November 22 conference call with the U.S. EPA and Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), comments to the Tank Inspection, Repair and Maintenace (TIRM) Report being developed for Section 2 of the SOW, a response to the cover letter and comments regarding the investigation and remediation of releases and groundwater protection and evaluation revision for Sections 6 and 7 of the SOW, and comments on the October 5 meeting to discuss Sections 6 and 7 of the SOW.
OCTOBER 4, 2016 – The BWS has offered comments to the U.S. EPA, U.S. Navy, and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) comments regarding work plans being developed for tank upgrade alternatives, comments concerning the AOC work plans and associated scoping meetings, a recap of comments for recent AOC and related scoping meetings, and comments regarding the letter from the EPA and Hawaii DOH to the U.S. Navy disapproving the work plan submitted for Sections 6 and 7 of the SOW.
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SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), the U.S. Navy, and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will be sponsoring a meeting on Thursday, October 6. Representatives will provide an update 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, as well as an update on the ongoing work to investigate and monitor the groundwater under and around the facility.
The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions related to the project work under the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with the U.S. Navy and the DLA.
The BWS remains concerned about the presence of petroleum contamination in the groundwater underneath the Navy’s underground fuel storage tank facility which rests only 100 feet above the groundwater aquifer. This aquifer is a key source of Oahu’s drinking water, providing 25 percent of urban Honolulu’s supply. On-going testing by BWS, shows that its water sources in the area is safe to drink; however, the BWS remains very concerned about the structural integrity of the 70-year-old tanks due to their age. The BWS continues to monitor the implementation of the AOC and is an active participant as a subject matter expert in the meetings with the EPA, the Navy, and the Hawaii DOH as they work on a remediation plan for the storage tanks.
AUGUST 15, 2016 – Ernest Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer, and Erwin Kawata, Program Administrator, Water Quality Division, prepared an updated presentation during a public meeting held at Moanalua Middle School. The State DOH and BWS were invited by the Sierra Club to participate in the meeting, during which the BWS expressed concerns that included the 20+ years being given to the Navy to make improvements, and the need for more transparency and public and stakeholder participation in the process.
JULY 22, 2016 – The BWS offered comments concerning the location changes for Navy monitoring wells to be installed as part of environmental investigation activities conducted at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
JUNE 27, 2016 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials provided a status update to the BWS on the implementation of the Red Hill Administrative Order on Consent during a public meeting held at the BWS Beretania offices.
JUNE 3, 2016 – The BWS offered comments to the Work Plan and Scope of Work for the Investigation and Remediation of Releases and Groundwater Protection and Evaluation for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
MAY 27, 2016 – The BWS offered comments and recommendations to the Red Hill Monitoring Well Installation Work Plan, as well as comments to the Work Plans being developed under the AOC Statement of Work for Sections 2 through 5 and 8.
MAY 12, 2016 - In its May 2016 issue, Hawaii Business magazine reported on the lingering concerns stemming from the U.S. Navy's Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where there was an accidental release of at least 27,000 gallons of jet fuel from one of the underground tanks.
APRIL 25, 2016 – The BWS offered recommendations for inclusion into Work Plans being developed for each of the Red Hill AOC Statement of Work tasks.
APRIL 15, 2016 – Ernest Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer, and Erwin Kawata, Program Administrator, Water Quality Division, recently joined ThinkTech Hawaii host Kaui Lucas for two livestreams to talk about the ongoing concerns with the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility.
Host Kaui Lucas (left) interviewed Lau (center) and Kawata (right) in two livestreamed sessions, "Flint-ing with Disaster, BWS on the Leaky Red Hill Tanks," on April 8 (Part I) and April 15 (Part II).
MARCH 29, 2016 – The BWS offered comments to the EPA and DOH related to the testing of chemicals of potential concern (COPC) in Red Hill groundwater monitor wells.
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