Protect aquifer from leaking fuel tanks
I can understand why the Navy wouldn’t want its underground fuel tanks to comply by the same standards as every corner gas station — it doesn’t want to foot the bill.
But why would the state Department of Health take the position that no action be taken to double-wall the tanks to prevent further leaks as proposed under Senate Bill 1259? Isn’t it in the interests of the state to protect the largest aquifer on Oahu that provides drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people? These underground fuel storage tanks from World War II are more than 70 years old and sit just 100 feet above the Pearl Harbor aquifer. They pose a serious threat to our clean drinking water. A tank already has leaked; luckily, fuel has not yet been detected in our drinking water. But it’s just a matter of time before another leak occurs, contaminating the aquifer.