Navy Evaluates Options for Honolulu's Red Hill Fuel Tanks

Capt. Dean Tufts, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, second from right, answers questions from the members of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Moanalua Valley Community Association and Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21 during a visit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor‐Hickam, Sept. 15, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo/Laurie Dexter)
Capt. Dean Tufts, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, second from right, answers questions from the members of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Moanalua Valley Community Association and Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21 during a visit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor‐Hickam, Sept. 15, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo/Laurie Dexter)

HONOLULU — The U.S. military has prepared detailed evaluations for six options to prevent leaks from 20 large fuel tanks in Honolulu. The tanks at Red Hill date to World War II and sit atop an important aquifer.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii state Department of Health say the Navy submitted the analysis last week.

A public workshop to discuss the report will be held in the spring.

Options include restoring existing tanks, lining the tanks and installing tanks within tanks.

The report doesn't include cost estimates or recommend a specific alternative.

The EPA, health department, the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency will select an option next year.

The Sierra Club of Hawaii has complained the analysis doesn't evaluate moving the tanks as an option.

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