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    Space Force Still Assessing Damage Caused by Fuel Spill at Hawaiian Volcano

    Space Force Still Assessing Damage Caused by Fuel Spill at Hawaiian Volcano

    Space officials are still unsure how much soil has been contaminated after a fuel tank spilled 700 gallons of diesel fuel last week at the service's observatory nestled atop a Hawaiian volcano.

    Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir, commander of the United States Space Forces Indo-Pacific, said during a press conference Monday that workers to remove 200 cubic feet of soil at least six feet deep at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex to determine just how deep the fuel went into the ground.

    “At that point, we will take measurements to better understand what that level of contamination is,” Mastalir said. “It's impossible to know at this point exactly how deep the diesel fuel was saturated into the topography.”

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    Last week's diesel spill at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex, located on the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā, has led to protests by local activists and is the most recent military contamination incident in Hawaii following the massive 2021 fuel spill at the Navy's Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility in .

    The latest spill occurred when a diesel fuel pump for a backup generator failed to shut off on the evening of Jan. 29, according to the Space Force. Mastalir said a float — a piece that helps monitor fuel levels — inside the fuel tank was defective.

    “We currently assess that the cause of this spill was a…

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