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U.S. Navy to Shutter Pearl Harbor Fuel Depot That Caused Water Contamination

HeadlineMar 08, 2022

In Hawaii, the Defense Department is permanently shutting down the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility on the island of Oahu. Native water protectors and environmentalists have long fought to close the underground fuel storage. Pressure mounted after a petroleum leak contaminated the water supply that serves over 90,000 families around the naval base of Pearl Harbor. The site also threatened the water safety of other communities as it’s located just 100 feet above the primary groundwater aquifer for Honolulu and the rest of Oahu. The Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility has been used since the 1940s to provide fuel to Pearl Harbor.

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