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    Navy Developing Follow-Up Water Monitoring Plan After Red Hill Incident

    Navy Developing Follow-Up Water Monitoring Plan After Red Hill Incident

    The Navy is working with the state Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop an Extended Drinking Water Monitoring , the Navy announced in a news release Wednesday.

    The creation of the plan comes after the Navy gathered a team of “drinking water experts ” two weeks ago to investigate the origin of low-level detections of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH ) in the Base-Pearl Harbor Hickam water system, following an influx of tap water and quality complaints from residents. The Navy also said it would extend operations of the Red Hill Medical Clinic, which were scheduled to end March 24, in response to the complaints.

    The Navy activated a “Swarm Team “—composed of members of several Navy Commands, DOH, the and more—to “reinforce the Navy's commitment ” to finding the cause of the TPH detections, create plans to address the detections and develop a “follow-on, voluntary drinking water monitoring plan.” This Extended Drinking Water Monitoring Plan will be informed by recommendations from the Navy's previous two-year Long-Term Monitoring plan, which ends in late March.

    “We hear and understand the community's concerns, and I want the community to know that the Navy will voluntarily continue to monitor the drinking water system after the LTM program ends next month, ” Rear Adm. Steve Barnett, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said in the news release. “The health of our military members,…

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