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    Hundreds of Gallons of Diesel Spilled at Space Force Observatory Atop Hawaiian Volcano

    Approximately 700 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled early this week at a Space observatory that sits atop a volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

    A diesel fuel pump for a backup generator at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex — located on the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā — failed to shut off during the night of Jan. 29. The next morning, maintenance personnel discovered the device had kept running.

    “There were no injuries, and the cause of the failure is under review,” Pacific Forces said in a Wednesday press release.

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    The Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency have been notified of the spill, the service said in the press release.

    “We understand the importance of being good stewards of the environment and will work with necessary state and federal officials as we begin clean-up efforts,” Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir, commander of U.S. Space Forces Indo-Pacific, said in the release.

    The Maui Space Surveillance Complex has the Department of Defense's largest optical telescope, which tracks satellites and other objects in outer space, according to the Space Force's website. The complex is operated by the 15th Space Surveillance Squadron. Officials with the Department of the Air Force, which oversees the Space Force, are currently investigating the site “to begin remediation efforts,” according to the news…

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