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Thousands of military families are in their fourth month of displacement due to fuel leak

Water Testing at Pearl Harbor Navy water system
U.S. Navy
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (Feb. 2, 2022) – A Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command contractor collects a water sample. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Butler)

Waiting to go home, thousands of displaced families are moving into the fourth month of straddling hotel rooms and fuel-contaminated homes. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro was back in Hawaiʻi for the second time in as many months. His visit overlapped with that of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan last week. The EPA began a formal investigation Monday into the November fuel leak.

All that against the backdrop of the discovery of additional petroleum compounds and chemicals in tap water at Halsey Terrace. That's where The Conversation caught up with a military mom who, like other military spouses, was reluctant to use her name on air. Her family has settled into a routine of running to the airport hotel which is closer to home. Also, hear comments from EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the head of EPA Region 9, Martha Guzman.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Feb. 28, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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