Hawaii health department details concerns over Navy refueling plan in rejection letter


    The U.S. Navy leads a media tour of the Red Hill Shaft in Halawa, Jan. 28. The Hawaii Department of Health rejected the Navy’s plan to defuel its Red Hill fuel facility, listing shortcomings in a letter to Rear Adm. Stephen Barnett, Commander Naval Region Hawaii.

Hawaii’s Department of Health has rejected the Navy’s plan to dump fuel from its Red Hill fuel facility, listing shortcomings in a letter to Naval Region Commander Rear Admiral Stephen Barnett from Hawaii.

The release was expected, and the Navy said it plans to provide additional information to meet regulatory requirements by August 31.

“The DOD submission lacks the detail and specificity necessary for the DOH to fully assess how the Navy will execute a safe and timely resupply,” DOH Deputy Director for Environmental Health Kathleen Ho wrote in a letter to Barnett. .

The DOH letter, dated July 22, outlines DOH’s specific concerns about the Navy’s resupply plan. State regulators questioned the Navy’s 2.5-year deadline for refueling, said information must be provided on repairs and design of the ship’s fire suppression system installation and that there needs to be more detail about removing the fuel from the pipes of the installation, among a litany of other concerns.

You can read the letter here:

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