Pro­tect aquifer from leak­ing fuel tanks

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES - Ewa Beach

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.

Nathan Yuen

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