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    Legal Claims over Red Hill Water Contamination Balloon to 4,600 as November Filing Deadline Looms

    Legal Claims over Red Hill Water Contamination Balloon to 4,600 as November Filing Deadline Looms

    More than 4,600 family members and civilians have filed legal claims against the U.S. over illnesses they say were caused by consuming and bathing in water tainted with jet fuel at Joint Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, according to their attorneys.

    The number of claimants over fuel spills at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility in 2021 has nearly tripled in the past three months, a reflection that those affected by the spills believe the Navy is serious about making amends, said attorney Kristina Baehr of the Austin, Texas, firm Just Well Law.

    Baehr said that the government has accepted responsibility for the accident and is not contesting that it was negligent in the November 2021 spill of roughly 5,000 gallons of jet fuel that contaminated a portion of the drinking water supply to the base and nearby facilities.

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    “I don't want to give the government too much credit,” Baehr said Monday during an interview with Military.com. “But the government is not contesting that it's liable. That's historic. We are not aware of any case of this magnitude and certainly not an environmental case, where the government has accepted liability.”

    The leak affected roughly 93,000 residents of the installation, sending thousands to hotels and elsewhere or forcing residents to use only bottled water in their homes. Shortly after…

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