Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro announced Monday that the Navy has suspended the use of the World War II-era Red Hill fuel tank facility that sits above one of Honolulu’s most important aquifers and water sources. Del Toro apologized to everyone who has been affected by what he called "this horrible, horrible tragedy.”
The Navy said last week that it has detected petroleum in water from its Red Hill shaft. As a precaution, Oʻahu’s water authority shut down a shaft pulling from the same aquifer, HPR’s Jason Ubay reports. The water utility has reviewed data from the Navy’s monitor wells in the lower access tunnel and found that fuel has affected the aquifer.
Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans are gathering in Hawaiʻi this week to remember those killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack. Those attending will observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began. The ceremony marks the 80th anniversary of the attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. David Russell of Albany, Oregon, will be among the survivors there.
Governor, congressional delegation call for immediate suspension of Red Hill fuel storage operationsGov. David Ige and Hawaiʻi’s entire congressional delegation agree that operations at the Red Hill fuel site should be suspended immediately. As HPR’s Bill Dorman reports, the call comes as the Secretary of the Navy has arrived on Oʻahu.
The Hawaiian Electric Company is preparing a community-based renewable energy program for customers in Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. The program allows renters who cannot install privately-owned rooftop solar panels to benefit from renewable energy.
In Denver, no snow has yet fallen this season — smashing the city's previous record of Nov. 21 for the latest ever recorded first snowfall.
Tests from Red Hill water show no petroleum but some samples damaged in transit, Health Department saysThe Hawai‘i Department of Health sent two sets of water samples from the Navy water system and did not find a clear link to petroleum. But some samples were damaged in transit and could not be tested.
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