Lawmakers right about Red Hill tanks
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.