After the drinking water of 93,000 persons in Honolulu was contaminated in November 2021 with jet fuel from leaking 80-year-old jet fuel storage tanks at Red Hill, on December 6, Hawai'i’s Governor Ige and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health ordered the Navy to defuel the tanks at Red Hill.
While we wish it didn’t take families and pets being poisoned to get Hawaiʻi’s leaders finally on board with shutting down Red Hill, this is a strong and much needed shift in action that should have happened years ago.
While the Governor and Department of Health do, indeed, have legal authority to protect us from the Red Hill Fuel Facility, we already know that the Navy has done very little on taking this concern seriously. And now, the Department of Defense has challenged the State order to defuel the tanks in legal cases filed in both State and Federal courts.
This is it. We NEED YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW to make sure the Navy and the Department of Defense do not defy the law while contaminating our water and poisoning thousands of people—as they have in other places time and again.
Write to President Biden and the Department of Defense, demanding that the Navy comply with the emergency order and immediately defuel the leaking jet fuel storage tanks and shut down Red Hill to protect Oʻahu’s water and public health.
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