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    Red Hill Environmental Risks Will Persist After Military Tanks Are Drained

    Red Hill Environmental Risks Will Persist After Military Tanks Are Drained

    Ever since thousands of gallons of jet fuel spewed from a pipeline at Red Hill in November 2021 and made its way into the Navy's drinking water system, sickening families, environmentalists and water officials have had their sights set on ensuring that the fuel in the facility's massive underground tanks that sit just 100 feet above an aquifer is permanently removed.

    Now, under an expedited timeline, that goal is expected to be met as soon as January. But the effort to safeguard the environment is far from over. Residual fuel stuck throughout the facility will continue to pose a risk to the groundwater, and removing it will be a challenge, the military's top official overseeing the defueling effort cautioned Tuesday, while the environmental remediation of the site is likely to persist for decades.

    Relying on the of gravity, military officials to begin draining 104 million gallons of fuel from the Red Hill tanks through pipelines that lead down to Pearl  piers, which will remove an estimated 99.85% of the fuel from the facility.

    But another 100,000 to 400,000 gallons of fuel is expected to remain in the facility's pipelines and surge tanks. By comparison, the November 2021 fuel spill that contaminated the Navy's drinking water system and caused widespread havoc involved just 20,000 gallons of fuel.

    “We understand how significant it is,” said Vice Adm. John Wade, who is leading the…

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