Homes and Schools that sits atop the Navy Red Hill Fuel Tanks and Tunnels lack Fire Protection

Posted on September 10, 2014

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We reported the lack of any DOD fire protection and standards in an April 1, 2014 article before the arrival of Defense Secretary Hagel here in Honolulu. The Navy Red Hill Fuel Facility – the document reads for itself – ” the CURRENT SITUATION: The existing underground fueling facility at Red Hill has inadequate fire protection infrastructure and communication system.
Fueling operations in the underground complex create high potential for a fire incident. Fires involving fuel are extremely difficult to extinguish.This is even more so in the underground tunnels of the Red Hill tank farm because of the confined spaces.”

We are glad to see other media outlets are finally covering this emergency, the dangers are severe, our community, family and members live, work and play here. The homes and schools that sits atop this area of fuel tanks and tunnels need protection and real stewardship from the Secretary of Defense, the DOD, the EPA our Governor and DOH. It is insulting how the DOD, EPA and DOH all claim the Red Hill Fuel Facility is one of the most vital strategic assets of the DOD and is an engineering marvel and advance beyond any other engineering feat. Yet the DOD continues to fail and has severely neglected to have proper DOD fire protection infrastructure , emergency power, plans for containment, ventilation systems, and communication system. The DOD price tag now sits at $50 million dollars a mere pennies in the value and protection of our Water, land, people and community. Just a spark of Fire imposes a severe threat to safety and protection of the homes, school and community, and to evacuate from these hidden dangers at the underground tunnels and the 20 tanks at the Navy Red Hill fuel tank farm.

Homes and Schools that sits atop this area of Navy Red Hill Fuel Tanks and Tunnels need fire protection and real stewardship by the DOD the Governor, EPA and DOH

Homes and Schools that sits atop this area of Navy Red Hill Fuel Tanks and Tunnels need fire protection and real stewardship by the DOD the Governor, EPA and DOH

Besides the fuel contamination into our land and groundwater, we reported that there are other major problems inside the Navy Red Hill Fuel Tank Facility tunnels that have also been ignored for decades.

In early April 2014 we reviewed and shared one budget report from Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) FY 2015 MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DATA Dated MARCH 2014 for the JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM,(RED HILL) Deferred sustainment, restoration, and modernization for fuel facilities at this location is $19.9 million.

OUTSTANDING POLLUTION AND SAFETY DEFICIENCIES:
A. AIR POLLUTION
B. WATER POLLUTION
C. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
Repair existing and provide additional oil tight doors along the tunnel. Provide new emergency voice and fire alarm system throughout the tunnel complex. Upgrade ventilation systems to explosion proof fixtures. Integrate ventilation system with existing emergency system controls. Provide fixed Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) gear for the lower access tunnel for emergency air supply.
PROJECT: Upgrade existing fire protection and ventilation system at the Red Hill Fuel Complex to comply with DoD life safety standards. ©
REQUIREMENT: There is a need to upgrade the life safety systems at an underground Defense Fuel Supply Point to comply with DoD life safety standards. The Red Hill Fuel Complex was constructed in 1942 and is a large scale underground petroleum storage facility. This facility provides fuel and lubricating
oil to afloat and ashore based customers in the Mid-Pacific region. The underground tanks and pump house are interconnected with a three mile plus tunnel system over 300 feet underground that serves as the fuel pipe corridor. These upgrades must be accomplished to allow of the safe operation of a tri-services fuel supply point.
CURRENT SITUATION: The existing underground fueling facility at Red Hill has inadequate fire protection infrastructure and communication system.
Fueling operations in the underground complex create high potential for a fire incident. Fires involving fuel are extremely difficult to extinguish.
This is even more so in the underground tunnels of the Red Hill tank farm because of the confined spaces.
Also the ventilation within the tunnel as well as the remote location and inadequate fire protection infrastructure external to the tunnel make this high risk operation.
DD Form 1391, July 1999 PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE. page 41
IMPACT IF NOT PROVIDED: If this project is not provided, personnel, infrastructure, mission support capability, and DoD property will continue to be at an unnecessarily elevated risk. The high potential for fire incident and long egress distances coupled with inadequate fire protection, alarm, containment, communications, emergency power, and ventilation systems will continue to create a hazardous environment for all personnel in the Red Hill tunnel complex.
DD Form 1391C, July 1999 PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE. page 42
Review the report of some of the problems at the Navy Red Hill Fuel Tank Facility here:
http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/fy2015/budget_justification/pdfs/07_Military_Construction/9-Defense_Logistics_Agency.pdf
To date there has not been a full finding and report from the Navy, the DOH or the EPA of the Land and Water contamination for Oahu from the Fuel Leaks at the Red Hill Fuel Tank Facility, the purposed clean up, remediation, and future protection has not been completed for the Navy Red Hill Fuel Tank Facility.
This needs to be a priority by the DOD, Washington D.C., our Congress and the State of Hawaii as the stewards to secure and safeguard Life, the Water, the Land, and the people.

Read our original story about the Fire problems and the DOD document here: https://tinaquizon.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/will-defense-secretary-hagel-address-the-navy-red-hill-fuel-tank-leaks-and-the-growing-problems-for-oahu-groundwater/

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