Your voice is needed now to show strong support for the protection of Oʻahu’s drinking water from any further fuel contamination by the fragile, massive tanks at Red Hill. SCR 35—urging the Hawaiʻi Department of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject single walled tank upgrades at Red Hill—has a joint hearing in the Senate AEN/PSM Committee’s on Wednesday, March 20th @ 1:15 PM.
This resolution adds an additional layer of heavy public pressure for the State Health Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take a stronger stance for the health of Oʻahu’s water. The U.S. Navy is currently considering the lowest cost and least protective option to upgrade the Red Hill tanks. The Navy themselves has stated that “this alternative is nearly identical to the efforts conducted to inspect and repair the Red Hill tanks over the last 13 years.” This includes tank 5 that leaked 27,000 gallons of jet fuel in 2014.
Status quo is not acceptable—the tanks at Red Hill should be fitted with secondary containment or the tanks should be retired and the fuel moved to a location that does not risk Oʻahu’s main drinking water resource.
Last week, the Honolulu City Council adopted a similar Resolution. Let’s keep the momentum going! We are asking for your written testimony in support of SCR 35. Please use the form below or submit testimony via your account at the capitol.hawaii.gov website.