10 March 2015
EPA, Hawaii Health Department Tracking Jet Fuel Cleanup
The EPA and the Hawaii State Department of Health are continuing to recover the spilled jet fuel at the Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp.’s facility on Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu. There was more than 18,640 gallons of spilled jet fuel recovered as of February 2nd. The EPA is the leading response effort and working with DOH’s Hazard Evolution and Emergency Response branch and Aircraft Service International Group. Jet fuel recovery has begun with the extraction wells recovering jet fuel that migrated off-site and it complied with the EPA’s clean water act. Nine days earlier in January there was 42,000 million gallons spilled for a tank above ground storage which is supposed to hold 2.8 million gallons. This tank which is one of the 16 tanks at the facility holds 44.8 million gallons of fuel which supplies the fuel to the Honolulu International Airport. The design and planning have been completed for an interceptor trench to ensure that the jet fuel does not reach the shore water or lagoon. The health department has said that the fuel spill has not gotten into the harbor yet and the EPA says that there are no drinking water wells in the area. The Hawaii Fueling Facilities are going to submit a plan for the confirmatory sampling to ensure cleanup activities.