HONOLULU — The Navy will comply with the State Department of Health’s emergency order related to the fuel spill at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, according to a spokesperson.
The news was first reported Monday evening by The Washington Post.
The emergency order, issued on Dec. 6 by DOH, ordered the Navy to “immediately suspend operations at Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Tanks, including fuel transfers.” It further stipulated that the Navy take “immediate steps to install drinking water treatment systems at Red Hill Shaft,” and to remove fuel from the tanks at the facility “within 30 days of completion of required corrective actions.”
The full emergency order can be viewed here.
The Navy had initially fought the emergency order, and a contested hearing was held on Dec. 20 and 21. The hearings officer, David Day, ruled on Dec. 27 that the emergency order should be upheld. That ruling was upheld with a Jan. 3 decision by DOH.
“U.S. Pacific Fleet is complying with the Dept. of Health’s Emergency Order on Red Hill,” said Capt. Bill Clinton, USN, Director Public Affairs and Outreach for U.S. Pacific Fleet in an emailed statement to Spectrum News Hawaii Monday.