EPA Officials Tour O'ahu Fuel Storage Facility in Wake of Drinking Water Emergency
EPA Administrator Regan, Regional Administrator Guzman visit Hawaii,
highlight oversight and drinking water emergency response
Feb 28, 2022
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will conduct an investigation
of the fuel leak at the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility that contaminated the drinking water supply.
It’s the latest in a long list of investigations at the city, state and federal levels.
But the EPA is uniquely suited for the job, because it is responsible for enforcing the nation’s Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Administrator Regan and Regional Administrator Martha Guzman traveled to O‘ahu, Hawaii, last week to see firsthand the ongoing work in response to the drinking water emergency and to engage directly with the community and stakeholders. While in Hawaii, the Administrator and Regional Administrator met with residents directly impacted by the drinking water emergency, toured the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, visited the Interagency Drinking Water Systems Team, visited a community assistance center, addressed the media, and met with key leaders and agencies including Governor David Ige, the Hawaii Department of Health, Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie Hirono, Congressman Ed Case, local officials, and military leaders.
Administrator Regan emphasized EPA’s commitment to clean drinking water for the community and all Hawaii residents, as well as EPA’s role as an independent regulatory agency. EPA is launching an inspection of the Red Hill facility today.
EPA to eye Hawaii fuel tank operations after water tainted.
The top official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday an upcoming inspection of a Navy fuel tank facility that leaked petroleum into Pearl Harbor’s tap water will look at whether the tank farm was properly operated.
“We’re going to ... really look very closely at whether or not the facility has operated within the guidelines of the law. And if it hasn’t, then we will have to make some corrections there,” Michael S. Regan, the EPA’s administrator, told reporters at a news conference. Regan was in Hawaii for a two-day visit to see the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and meet officials about the water contamination crisis. The EPA’s inspection of the Red Hill tank facility is scheduled to begin next week.
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