U.S. Navy Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility UST project

The Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility is an active and operational facility located near Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, State of Hawaii that supports military operations in the Pacific. Originally built in the 1940s, this unique facility includes 20 large field-constructed underground fuel storage tanks constructed of steel, encased in concrete and surrounded and supported by basalt bedrock. Each tank has a storage capacity of approximately 12.5 to 12.7 million gallons resulting in a total facility-wide capacity of approximately 250 million gallons of fuel. Presently, 18 tanks are actively in use and two are not.

Red Hill State Task Force meetings – 2014-2015

January 2014 – During the course of refilling Tank 5 following its service life extension renovation work, the United States Department of the Navy identified an estimated fuel release of up to 27,000 gallons of JP-8 jet fuel from the tank and reported the release to the Hawaii Department of Health. U.S. Navy subsequently drained the tank and collected samples from existing monitoring wells. Results taken in and around Tank 5 indicated increases of hydrocarbons in soil vapor and groundwater.  Current drinking water monitoring results confirmed compliance with federal and state concentrations for drinking water both before and after the January 2014 release.

In response to public interest in the AOC, U.S. EPA and Hawaii Department of Health have developed a Frequently Asked Questions document to explain the Regulatory Agencies’ proposed agreement with U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency. This FAQ document answers the following questions and more:

  • Why did the Regulatory Agencies negotiate an AOC with the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency?
  • Was the AOC revised based on comments received from the public?
  • What if new information indicates that the Facility poses a much greater risk than current data suggest?
  • Why will it take such a long time to implement tank improvements under the AOC?
  • Can a double wall be added to the tanks at the Facility now?
  • What is the likelihood of a future catastrophic release at the Facility?

FAQ on the Administrative Order on Consent Sep 2015

EPA website:  http://www3.epa.gov/region09/waste/ust/redhill/index.html

Link to view all public comments received by the Regulatory Agencies on the proposed AOC see Primary Documents.

May 2015 AOC – In response to releases from the facility, the U.S. Navy, Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. EPA and the Hawaii Department of Health began negotiating an enforceable agreement known as an Administrative Order on Consent (“AOC”) under Section 7003 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that establishes a timeframe for the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency to evaluate and remediate existing contamination to the extent practicable in the vicinity of the facility, as well as to evaluate and implement measures to prevent future releases.

On May 28, 2015, U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency signed the proposed AOC in the matter of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.

EPA/DOH press release June 1, 2015

June 18, 2015  Public Meeting/Opportunity for Public Comment –  U.S. EPA and the Hawaii Department of Health are providing an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed agreement. Links to the proposed agreement, work to be performed under the agreement, and the index of documents considered by the agencies while negotiating the agreement are located below.

U.S. EPA and Hawaii Department of Health will make the AOC effective only after the public comment period ends and comments are reviewed.  U.S. EPA and Hawaii Department of Health may seek to modify the AOC or take other action based on any new information and comments from the public.

U.S. EPA and Hawaii Department of Health held a public meeting on June 18th at Moanalua Middle School cafeteria.  The Agencies explained the proposed agreement, answered questions, and accepted verbal comments from stakeholders and the public.

Public Comment period extended to July 20, 2015 – press release June 23, 2015

September 29, 2015 – EPA & DOH have signed this revised Administrative Order on Consent and the AOC became effective.

PDF Attachments

  1. Press Release June 1, 2015
  2. Notice of Public Comment period
  3. Administrative Order on Consent Final Sep 2015
  4. Red Hill Statement of Work (SOW) Final Sep 2015
  5. Administrative Record Index pdf
  6. FAQ on the AOC Sep 2015

 

The Administrative Record Index below contains a list of documents that served as a technical basis for the proposed AOC.  The documents described in the Administrative Record Index are available for viewing at the following two locations and online here:

Hawai’i Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Boulevard #212
Honolulu, Hawai’i  96814

Contact Roxanne Kwan – (808)-586-4226   roxanne.kwan@doh.hawaii.gov

USEPA Region 9 – Pacific Islands Contact Office
300 Ala Moana Boulevard Room 5124
Honolulu, Hawai’i  96850

Contact: Dean Higuchi – (808)-541-2711   higuchi.dean@epa.gov

 

Technical documents for Red Hill