The Hawaii Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are seeking public comment on the federal government’s plan to keep its Red Hill underground fuel tanks in place without double walls.

The underground fuel tanks at Red Hill threaten the water supply that serves one-fourth of metropolitan Honolulu, from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai. Courtesy of the EPA

The regulating agencies will hold a public meeting to receive comments at Moanalua Middle School at 1289 Mahiole Street in Honolulu on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Members of the public may present oral and written comments to provide relevant information or express their opinions, the agencies said in a news release. EPA and DOH will consider all public comments before approving or disapproving all or part of the proposal from the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency, which is available online at https://www.epa.gov/red-hill.

The proposed plan can also be viewed in person at the Department of Health’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch at 2827 Waimano Home Road, #100, in Pearl City.

To request an auxiliary aid or service (e.g. ASL interpreter or large print) for the public meeting, call 808-586-4226 or email thu.perry@doh.hawaii.gov by Nov. 12.

Anyone unable to attend the public meeting may send written comments to Attn: Red Hill, 2827 Waimano Home Road, #100, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782 or DOHrhcomments@HawaiiOIMT.onmicrosoft.com.

Written comments must be received by Dec. 9, 2019.

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