The public can ask questions and express their concerns at public meetings.

The joint task force responsible for removing over 100 million gallons of fuel from the Red Hill storage facility will hold two public events next week to explain how the defueling process will work.

Open houses are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Keehi Lagoon Memorial Park’s Alfred Los Banos ballroom.

The Red Hill Joint Task Force will play videos covering different aspects of the operation, including repairs, safety and training as well as what the major milestones will be in the process of defueling the World War II-era facility.

Experts will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns.

“Our responsibility is to be transparent with the public and to build confidence in our preparations to safely defuel starting in October,” Brig. Gen Michelle Link, deputy commander of the joint task force, said in a statement.

“We believe that by hosting this open house we can demonstrate the care, consideration, and detailed planning that has been undertaken by our dedicated team.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss the various aspects of the complex defueling process and to address concerns directly with open dialogue, as we seek to rebuild trust with the people of Hawaii.”

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