May 07, 2021

Hirono Statement on the Fuel Release at the Red Hill Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, issued the following statement after reports of a fuel release at the Red Hill Bulk Storage Facility:

“Earlier today, I spoke with Admiral Aquilino – who provided me with an update on the fuel release at Red Hill. While the initial assessment is ongoing, Admiral Aquilino assured me that the detection and response system worked and the fuel release is contained. He will stay in touch with me and my office as the Navy completes its investigation and clean-up. He will also review the notification process regarding to ensure all appropriate parties are promptly informed. This incident reaffirms the need for clear and transparent information to be communicated in a timely manner.

“As Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, I will continue to closely monitor and engage with military leadership and the local community regarding the Red Hill facility. We all have the same goal, which is to keep our drinking water safe." 

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