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    Red Hill ‘Repacking’ Leads to Pump Repair

    Red Hill ‘Repacking' Leads to Pump Repair

    About 360,000 gallons of fuel have been added to pipelines at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility as part of an ongoing “repacking ” process that will ultimately lead to the defueling of the facility's jet fuel tanks.

    Task -Red Hill on Friday said it identified a needed repair during the repacking operation at an “Underground Pump House low point drain.” The pump, unlike the massive Red Hill storage tanks, is reportedly not located above an aquifer, and the task force said that the break “does not pose a threat to the environment, the aquifer or the community.”

    Teams are conducting the repair, the task force said Friday.

    While the repair was “un-forecasted, ” the task force said it anticipated the need for such repairs because of how long the pipelines have been dry.

    The Joint Task Force-Red Hill, made up of 270 and civilian personnel, on Friday provided an update on the repacking operation in which empty pipelines are filled with fuel to remove , allowing for the gravity-based defueling of Red Hill's underground storage tanks.

    The task force is charged with removing 104 million gallons of aviation and marine fuels from the Navy's controversial, underground World War II-era facility in Halawa. The repacking paves the way for defueling of the site's main underground storage tanks to begin by Oct. 16. The task force has said defueling is scheduled for completion by Jan. 19.

    The storage tanks…

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