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News 2024

April 10, 2024

EPA Press Office

Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes First-Ever National Drinking Water Standard to Protect 100M People from PFAS Pollution

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-finalizes-first-ever-national-drinking-water-standard

PBS

What new EPA limits on 'forever chemicals' mean for U.S. drinking water

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpobOQ54bWc

April 1, 2024

Civil Beat

‘1,000 Steps Backward’: Navy Says Its Vast Testing Of Pearl Harbor Water Has Been Flawed

https://www.civilbeat.org/2024/04/1000-steps-backward-navy-says-its-vast-testing-of-pearl-harbor-water-has-been-flawed/

March 30, 2024

Civil Beat

Navy Whistleblower Pursued Fraud Case Against Red Hill Contractors, Unsealed Documents Show

https://www.civilbeat.org/2024/04/navy-whistleblower-pursued-fraud-case-against-red-hill-contractors-unsealed-documents-show/

March 28, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH) to stand down and turnover Red Hill shutdown and cleanup efforts to Navy Closure Task Force Red Hill (NCTF-RH).

Star Advertiser

EPA’s integrity is questioned for withholding Red Hill tests

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2024/03/28/hawaii-news/epas-integrity-is-questioned-for-withholding-red-hill-tests/?HSA=e745734be000c007bc290217e945d7dd8832f166

|  see article

March 26, 2024

USNI News

Navy Doubles Down on Submarine Industrial Base Funding in Unfunded Request

"The top item on that list is $505 million for a water treatment plant in Honolulu, Hawaii that would address clean water issues following the Red Hill fuel leak on the island. In its justification for the ask, the Navy says the planning for the water treatment facility was premature, so the service did not incorporate it into the budget request."

https://news.usni.org/2024/03/26/navy-doubles-down-on-submarine-industrial-base-funding-in-unfunded-request  |  see the document

Hawaii News Now

EPA completes Red Hill inspection, says Navy task force ready to take over shutdown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ugqimnf6jE

March 25, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Passes EPA Inspection

"JTF-RH has met all eleven exit criteria listed in Defueling Plan Supplement 3." "[...] TF-RH is now focused on their turnover with the newly established Navy Closure Task Force to ensure continuity of mission for safety, security, and community engagement."

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3718271/joint-task-force-red-hill-passes-epa-inspection/  |  see letter

March 13, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Hawaii State Legislature Honors Joint Task Force-Red Hill (NCTF-RH)

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3706401/hawaii-state-legislature-honors-joint-task-force-red-hill/

March 8, 2024

Civil Beat

Navy Says Indications Of Petroleum In Pearl Harbor Water May Be ‘False Positives’

https://www.civilbeat.org/2024/03/navy-says-indications-of-petroleum-in-pearl-habor-water-may-be-false-positives/

Hawaii News Now

Military removes millions of gallons of fuel from Red Hill, but must now clean up toxic chemicals

https://youtu.be/fSJr8apUzDs?si=0h9sAS9PEMraYjrA

March 7, 2024

Hawai'i State Department of Health (DOH)

Fuel Tank Advisory Committee Meeting #12

video | website

Navy Closure Task Force Red Hill (NCTF-RH)

Navy Expands How It Addresses Drinking Water Concerns On Oahu

https://www.navyclosuretaskforce.navy.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3700291/navy-expands-how-it-addresses-drinking-water-concerns-on-oahu/

Hawaii News Now

Military removes millions of gallons of fuel from Red Hill, but must now clean up toxic chemicals

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2024/03/08/military-removes-millions-gallons-fuel-red-hill-must-now-clean-up-toxic-chemicals/

‘Mistakes were made’: As Red Hill closure begins, military continues to battle community distrust

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2024/02/08/navy-holds-final-community-open-house-defueling-nears-end-closure-process-begins/

Civil Beat

‘Forever Chemicals’ In Red Hill Groundwater Warrant More Investigation, Regulators Say

https://www.civilbeat.org/2024/03/forever-chemicals-in-red-hill-groundwater-warrant-more-investigation-regulators-say/

Navy Says Indications Of Petroleum In Pearl Harbor Water May Be ‘False Positives’

https://www.civilbeat.org/2024/03/navy-says-indications-of-petroleum-in-pearl-habor-water-may-be-false-positives/

March 6, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

JTF-Red Hill Concludes Removal of Accessible Residual Fuel; Regulatory Inspection in Progress

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3697022/jtf-red-hill-concludes-removal-of-accessible-residual-fuel-regulatory-inspectio/

March 4, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Residual Fuel Update

59,888 gallons of residual fuel removed from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF).

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3694697/joint-task-force-red-hill-residual-fuel-update/

March 2, 2024

Navy Closure Task Force Red Hill (NCTF-RH)

Navy Voluntarily Extends Long-Term Monitoring Program

"The Navy will voluntarily continue extensive sampling of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam water distribution system for an additional year."

https://www.navyclosuretaskforce.navy.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3693351/navy-voluntarily-extends-long-term-monitoring-program/

March 1, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Defueling Information Sharing Forum (DISF) Meeting Notes Thursday, February 22, 2024

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3692421/defueling-information-sharing-forum-disf-meeting-notes-thursday-february-22-2024/

February 26, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Residual Fuel Update

59,552 gallons of residual fuel removed from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF).

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3687275/joint-task-force-red-hill-residual-fuel-update/

Civil Beat

This Navy Admiral Is In Charge Of Closing Red Hill

https://www.civilbeat.org/2024/02/this-navy-admiral-is-in-charge-of-closing-red-hill/

Hawaii News Now

Green discusses escalating costs on Maui, state's housing crisis, Red Hill water

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2024/02/26/green-discusses-escalating-costs-maui-states-housing-crisis-red-hill-water/

February 20, 2024

Island News KITV

Red Hill Task Force successfully removes over 59,000 gallons of residual fuel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ7LyuDn_rg

February 19, 2024

Star Advertiser

Editorial: Navy still in hot seat over Red Hill

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2024/02/19/editorial/our-view/editorial-navy-still-in-hot-seat-over-red-hill/

February 15, 2024

Hawaii News Now

'Swarm team' investigates increasing chemical detections in Pearl Harbor's drinking water

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H03kzkJyA5s

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative (CRI)

Red Hill CRI Meeting #5 (February 15, 2024)

video | minutes

February 13, 2024

Island News KITV

US Navy, Hawaii Department of Health collect water samples connected to Red Hill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GLOIOZ60EE

February 12, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Residual Fuel Update

29,273 gallons of residual fuel removed from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF).

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3674477/joint-task-force-red-hill-residual-fuel-update/

February 11, 2024

Civil Beat

Tenants hurt by Red Hill water crisis sent to collections: Civil Beat on Hawaii News Now Sunrise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1we-rzn9_Y

February 7, 2024

Civil Beat

Families Stopped Paying Rent During The Red Hill Water Crisis. Now Their Landlord Wants To Collect

https://www.civilbeat.org/2024/02/families-stopped-paying-rent-during-the-red-hill-water-crisis-now-their-landlord-wants-to-collect/

Hawaii News Now

BWS starts drilling first monitor well since 2021 Red Hill tainted water crisis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5w3ptMq5N0

KHON2 News

Oahu water bills paying for monitoring near Red Hill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxNSjllEACg

Island News KITV

Board of Water Supply drilling new 'monitor well' to look for possible Red Hill contaminants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0VlaIXvaDk

 

Island News KITV

Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility closure event after 2-year journey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njOi6xeFc_E

February 5, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Residual Fuel Update

25,002 gallons of residual fuel removed from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF).

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3666226/joint-task-force-red-hill-residual-fuel-update/

Hawaii News Now

New Red Hill suit with 2,200 plaintiffs claims contamination of Navy water continues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGRkIfgTMQg

January 31, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Joint Task Force – Red Hill, Navy Closure Task Force – Red Hill to Host Transition Open House Feb. 7th, 4 p.m. Keʻehi Lagoon Memorial Park

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3662437/joint-task-force-red-hill-navy-closure-task-force-red-hill-to-host-transition-o/

January 29, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Residual Fuel Update

18,255 gallons of residual fuel removed from the Red Hill.

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3659693/joint-task-force-red-hill-residual-fuel-update/

January 22, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Red Hill Transition Open House to be held Feb 7 at Keʻehi Lagoon Memorial Park

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/8206290/red-hill-transition-open-house-held-feb-7-keehi-lagoon-memorial-park

JTF to transition to Navy Closure Task Force - Red Hill

https://www.navyclosuretaskforce.navy.mil/

Joint Task Force Red Hill

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Residual Fuel Update

12,345 gallons of residual fuel from the Red Hill removed.

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3652154/joint-task-force-red-hill-residual-fuel-update/

January 18, 2024

University of Hawaii - UHERO

Social, economic, and health impacts of the Red Hill fuel spill: preliminary survey results

"...new survey of those affected by the Red Hill fuel leak shows nearly 80% of respondents are experiencing at least one new or worsening physical and/or mental health symptom nearly two years after the November 2021 spill."

https://uhero.hawaii.edu/social-economic-and-health-impacts-of-the-red-hill-fuel-spill-preliminary-results-from-a-survey/

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative (CRI)

CRI Meeting #4 (Jan 18, 2024)

video | minutes

Island News KITV

Members if the Red Hill Community Representation Initiative are set to meet

"Despite the Navy saying it won't be in attendance, the members of the Red Hill Community Representation Initiative are expected to meet."

https://www.kitv.com/video/members-if-the-red-hill-community-representation-initiative-are-set-to-meet/video_c96d489b-be5f-5b2d-af9f-13cadda0d343.html

January 17, 2024

Honolulu Star Advertiser

Military begins removal of ‘residual’ fuel at Red Hill

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2024/01/17/hawaii-news/military-begins-removal-of-residual-fuel-at-red-hill/

January 16, 2024

KITV Island News

Military removing a majority of fuel at Red Hill by end of March

https://www.kitv.com/news/local/military-removing-a-majority-of-fuel-at-red-hill-by-end-of-march/article_bdd15be4-b4ef-11ee-b42e-cfc93aeff22a.html

Hawaii News Now

Environmental concerns linger as defueling of Red Hill facility transitions to closure

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2024/01/17/lingering-fuel-concerns-defueling-transitions-red-hill-closure/

January 8, 2024

Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF-RH)

Residual fuel removal set to begin January 15

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3637100/residual-fuel-removal-set-to-begin-january-15/

USA Today

The Navy says contaminated Hawaii water is now safe. Citing an EPA report, residents say otherwise.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2024/01/08/url-navy-petroleum-pearl-harbor-oahu-hawaii-epa/72034092007/

January 3, 2024

Hawaii Public Radio

EPA official on concerns over low levels of petroleum hydrocarbons in Navy water

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/the-conversation/2024-01-03/epa-official-on-concerns-over-low-levels-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-in-navy-water

See 2022 and 2023 news.

2014

27,000 Gallons spilled

1948

46,000 Gallons spilled

1943

Tanks open

1940

Construction begins

Action: NOW

It is more than time for this massive source of pollution to be removed – for the fuel to be removed from the tanks, and for the tanks to be decommissioned, and for the land and the water to be cleaned. The Navy has made this a fight about national security, but how can we the people be secure if our water is poisoned and life begins to stress in a place where thriving is what we are about? It is not a win to flush pipes or filter every drop of water we use from now on.  It is not a win to be fearful of the water that comes out of the tap.

Mālama i ka wai - Protect our water. It is our responsibility to be good stewards and to leave this place better than when we were born into it. This most definitely includes caring for the water.  Water is life.  

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