The Pentagon announced Monday plans to permanently close its embattled
Red Hill underground fuel storage facility amid an ongoing contaminated water crisis.
“After close consultation with senior civilian and military leaders, I have decided to defuel and permanently close the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility in Hawaii,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, in statement. “Centrally-located bulk fuel storage of this magnitude likely made sense in 1943, when Red Hill was built. And Red Hill has served our armed forces well for many decades.
“But it makes a lot less sense now.”
He said that no later than May 31, the Secretary of the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency will provide a plan for “safe and expeditious defueling of the facility, with a completion target of 12 months.”
By HNN Staff