Law­mak­ers right about Red Hill tanks

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES - Nu­uanu

Your ar­ti­cle on the bill call­ing for dou­ble-walling the Red Hill fuel tanks by 2027 omit­ted key re­marks by se­na­tors sup­port­ing the bill (“Navy and state op­pose Red Hill tank up­grade bill,” Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Feb. 14). State Sen. Laura Thie­len said the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has the ul­ti­mate con­trol in any dis­pute be­tween the par­ties in the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der of Con­sent. The cur­rent nom­i­nee to head the EPA is Ok­la­homa At­tor­ney Gen­eral Scott Pruitt, who sued the EPA 13 times.

State Sen. Glenn Wakai ex­pressed frus­tra­tion at the lack of ur­gency. The re­port for leak proof­ing the tanks is due by end of 2017 — al­most four years after the orig­i­nal 27,000-gal­lon leak of jet fuel in Jan­uary 2014.

The Board of Wa­ter Sup­ply has rec­om­mended we dou­ble-wall the tanks. They are ex­perts. Why is the Navy still writ­ing re­ports? We must pass SB 1259 to en­sure Hawaii is in charge of its own wa­ter safety, and to in­still a sense of ur­gency.

Ali­son Bhat­tacharyya

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