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    Criminal Inquiry into Red Hill Fuel Spills Ongoing

    Criminal Inquiry into Red Hill Fuel Spills Ongoing

    The Navy captain who was in charge of the Fleet Logistics Center Pearl  during the May 2021 Red Hill jet fuel spill is not a target of the U.S. Department of Justice's ongoing criminal investigation into the environmental disaster that affected about 93, 000 people, his attorney told the  Star-Advertiser.

    Capt. Trent C. Kalp, 51, was in charge during the May 2021 fuel leak and was succeeded by Capt. Albert L. Hornyak on Aug. 6, 2021, before the November 2021 spill. Hornyak was removed of his command in April 2022 “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to perform his duties following a series of leadership and oversight failures at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.”

    Hornyak raised concerns about the facility's safety in leaked emails obtained by the Star-Advertiser.

    Kalp testified before the grand jury Dec. 8 and has not received a target letter from , according to his attorney, Victor J. Bakke.

    “We received a letter requesting his appearance, and we voluntarily appeared, ” said Bakke in an interview with the Star-Advertiser. “At this time, to our knowledge, we are not a target of the investigation.”

    Kalp is currently director of fleet supply.

    The report on the spill prepared by the Navy's U.S. Pacific Fleet noted that Kalp removed oversight of day-to-day operations at Red Hill just a few months prior to the May 2021 leak, causing a “significantly ” increased…

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