Pentagon Inspector General examines Navy’s fuel depot at Red Hill

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  • PROMOTION US NAVY / DEC. 11, 2014

    This 2014 Navy photo shows a tunnel within the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.

The Pentagon‘s inspector general’s office says it will conduct an investigation into the operation, maintenance and safety of the Navy’s underground Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.

The Pentagon’s Assistant Inspector General Randolph Stone announced the investigation today in a memo to the offices of the Secretary of the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency.

“The objective of this assessment is to determine the extent to which Navy officers administered the operation, maintenance, safety, and oversight of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and protected the environment and drinking water systems in accordance with state and federal regulations and (Department of Defense) Policy, ”says Stone’s memo. “We can revise the target in the course of the evaluation.”

Hawaii’s congressional delegation called for an investigation by the Inspector General of the Red Hill facility into the contamination of the Navy water system that supplies 93,000 people on Oahu.

Navy officials now say they believe a leak of kerosene from Red Hill on Nov. 20 was the cause of the contamination, but insist it was an isolated incident.

Governor David Ige issued an emergency warrant asking the Navy to defuel the facility’s tanks until the Navy can demonstrate it can operate safely. Senior Navy officials said they intend to fight Ige’s orders.

The memo states that investigators “will conduct the assessment with the Department of the Navy, including the Navy Installations Command; Naval Facilities Command; Command of marine supply systems; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. In addition, we will conduct the evaluation in the offices of the Minister of Defense for Procurement and Conservation, the Minister of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and the Defense Logistics Agency. We can arrange visits to other organizations and locations. “

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