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Environmental groups in Hawai’i are demanding the U.S. Navy shut down a series of underground fuel tanks near Honolulu after nearly 14,000 gallons of fuel-laced water leaked from the facility. The leak is the latest in a series of accidents dating back to the facility’s construction in the 1940s.

Located on a hillside above Pearl Harbor, the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility provides fuel reserves for the Navy and consists of 20, subterranean fuel tanks each capable of holding 12.5 million gallons of fuel. According to the Sierra Club, those tanks, which are lined with thin steel plates and nearly eight decades old, are buried roughly 100 feet above a groundwater aquifer that serves as the primary drinking water source for 400,000 residents on the island of O’ahu.

“Enough is enough. We’ve lost all faith in the local Navy command,” said Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi director Wayne Tanaka at a news conference.

According to the Navy, the latest leak did not get into the water supply or environment; however, in 2014, a tank leaked 27,000 gallons of jet fuel resulting in an enforceable agreement between the Navy, the U.S. Environmenta... Read more

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