Red Hill Update – 2nd Quarter 2020 Audio Cast
The Navy is pleased to update the public on the latest improvements to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, we are providing an audio update to the community during the second quarter of 2020.
This audio cast is divided into four segments and provides updates on the progress being made at the Red Hill Fuel Facility to ensure our environment is protected and the drinking water remains safe. In addition, the Red Hill Fuel Facility remains ready to carry out its critical mission and support Hawaii in times of need.
Since 2015, the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) have worked collaboratively with federal and state regulatory agencies – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Department of Health – under an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) in a formalized process to continue to improve the facility and its operations. Even before the AOC was signed, the Navy and DLA had routinely maintained and upgraded the facility, improving and modernizing various components.
Click on each link below to access the audio file:
- Overall Update - Capt. Marc Delao, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii and regional engineer for Navy Region Hawaii, discusses the overall update on the Red Hill Fuel Facility. Download MP3 file | Stream audio on DVIDS
- Operational Improvements - Lt. Cmdr. Shannon Bencs, fuel director for Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, discusses updates on operational improvements. Download MP3 file | Stream audio on DVIDS
- Infrastructure Enhancement - Cmdr. Darrel Frame, Red Hill program office director of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, discusses updates on infrastructure enhancement. Download MP3 file | Stream audio on DVIDS
- Partnership with University of Hawaii- Cmdr. Darrel Frame introduces University of Hawaii's Dr. Margo Edwards, director of the Applied Research Laboratory and Dr. Brennon Morioka, dean of the College of Engineering, to discuss the partnership between the U.S. Navy and University of Hawaii.
Download MP3 file | Stream audio on DVIDS
If you would like to provide comments on these presentations, email us at:
Redhillprogramof.email@example.com Comments are being accepted until July 15, 2020 and a general response will be posted in August.
Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility
When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, enemy planes failed to destroy vital American fuel reserves, a failure that would have consequences in the early months of World War II. The U.S. Navy was aware of the vulnerability of above-the-ground fuel tanks, so construction was already underway for a one-of-a-kind fuel facility deep within the basalt rock of nearby Red Hill. Today, the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility can operate without external power, is physically protected and cyber-hardened and is critical infrastructure for the nation's defense. The 20 tanks within Red Hill, are steel-lined concrete up to four feet thick, including a layer of gunite, and can store millions of gallons of jet or marine fuel used by the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Hawaii National Guard. In January 2014, Tank 5 experienced a release of 27,000 gallons of fuel due to a contractor's error and an ineffective response and oversight. After that one-time extreme release, the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency intensified modernization of the facility and monitoring of groundwater and drinking water. The Navy continues to work with Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Department of Health regulators under an Administrative Order on Consent to improve the facility and protect the environment. Since 2006, DOD has invested $260 million in Red Hill, and modernization continues in oversight, technology, operating procedures and the means to protect our shared drinking water. Public records confirm that all drinking water near Red Hill remains safe, and we are committed to keeping it safe. Red Hill continues to be a national strategic asset that provides power for sea control, maritime security, regional stability, humanitarian assistance and continued prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Red Hill Public Workshop - Oct. 15, 2019
The Navy invited members of the public to attend a workshop at the Oahu Veterans Center, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The workshop provided an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and hear the latest update on the Administrative Order on Consent.
The event featured various poster stations with subject matter experts standing by to help explain what the posters represent. Click links below to view the posters.
Oct. 15, 2019 - Red Hill Public Workshop
Mar. 14, 2018 - Red Hill Public Workshop
Previous Fact Sheets / Related Documents:
- (09/25/18) Red Hill: Navy to Update State Senate Task Force *
- * Editor's note: At the request of the State, this update brief was rescheduled to Nov. 1.
- (08/21/18) Navy, regulators discuss Red Hill Tank Upgrade Alternatives
- (06/25/18) Red Hill update: 'coupon' plate testing starts
- (03/16/18) Navy informs community at Red Hill workshop
- (02/14/18) Red Hill Public Information Workshop Mar. 14
- (12/22/17) Modernization at Red Hill continues, drinking water remains safe to drink
- (08/12/17) Navy Contractor Seismic Survey, Some Noise Expected
- (10/10/17) Navy Provides Latest Update on Red Hill
- (07/26/17) New Video Available on Red Hill Fuel Facility
- (06/20/17) Water remains safe to drink, Navy continues commitment to Red Hill effort
- (06/09/17) Navy commits to improved effort on the Red Hill AOC
- (02/07/17) Tank Tightness Testing Results
- (11/10/16) New Red Hill Information Video
- (10/03/16) Navy's Red Hill Work Plan response statement
- (09/28/16) Navy keeps stakeholders informed about Red Hill
- (07/27/16) Navy breaks ground on 11th Red Hill groundwater monitoring site
- (10/01/15) U.S. Navy signs EPA and state of Hawaii consent order
- (09/18/15) Navy invites Board of Water Supply to tour Red Hill
- (10/01/18) Red Hill: Facts, Not Fear, Drive Investments, Improvements at Red Hill
- (7/27/18) Red Hill: Fueling RIMPAC and ensuring global strategic alliances
- (12/04/17) Red Hill four years later; drinking water safe
- (2/10/17) Sept. 2015, Catastrophic Release Potential Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility
- (2/08/17) Red Hill testimony to Hawaii Senate Committee
- (Fall 2016) Modernization of Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (Currents magazine)
- (11/27/15) McGinn tours Red Hill Fuel Facility during visit to Hawaii
- (11/20/15) Stakeholder letter updates community about Red Hill
- (8/28/15) Congresswoman Gabbard tours Red Hill facility
- (8/2/15) Red Hill Fuel Facility is a national strategic asset
- (6/10/15) Drinking Water Remains Safe in Red Hill Vicinity
- (9/3/14) Navy contractors begin drilling for two new ground water monitoring wells
- (7/18/14) Navy participates in public meeting on response to Red Hill fuel release
- (6/13/14) Three pinholes found in Red Hill's empty tank 5
- (5/2/14) Navy begins visual inspection of tank at Red Hill
- (3/7/14) Navy to brief Hawaii lawmakers on Red Hill, water safety
- (1/22/14) Drinking Water Remains Safe after Red Hill Leak reported
- (1/17/14) Navy Investigates Fuel Leak at Underground Storage Facility
Photo and Video Galleries:
- (7/26/17) Info video: Red Hill and the AOC
- (11/04/16) Red Hill Enabling America's Forces (Video, 7.13)
- (10/06/16) Red Hill Trailer (Video, 2.10)
- (7/18/16) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Congressional delegation visit Red Hill
- (2/19/16) Honolulu Board of Water Supply board members visit Red Hill
- (11/17/15) Assistant secretary of the Navy visits Red Hill
- (11/12/15) Navy upgrades to Red Hill fuel storage tanks
- (9/15/15) Board of Water Supply visits Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility
- (9/1/15) Congressional staff members visit USS Chosin, Red Hill
- (8/26/15) Sen. Schatz visits Red Hill
- (6/30/15) Sen. Hirono visits Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility