ABOUT RED HILL
The Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility is a military fuel storage facility in Hawaii. Operated by the United States Navy, Red Hill supports U.S. military operations from all branches of service in the Pacific. Red Hill is the Department of Defense's (DoD) largest underground fuel storage facility and was built to store up to 250 million gallons of fuel. It consists of 20 steel-lined underground storage tanks encased in concrete, and built into cavities that were mined inside of Red Hill. Each tank has a storage capacity of approximately 12.5 million gallons. The Red Hill tanks are connected to three gravity-fed pipelines that run 2.5 miles inside a tunnel to fueling piers at Pearl Harbor. Each of the 20 tanks at Red Hill measures 100 feet in diameter and is 250 feet in height. The tanks are located under a volcanic mountain ridge near Honolulu. It was declared a Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995.
On March 7, 2022, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced the decision to defuel and permanently close the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The Department of Defense and Navy are working closely with the Hawaii Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection agency on a plan to safely and expeditiously defuel the facility, followed by a permanent closure. For more information about the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility click here.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEFUELING PLAN, RED-HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY
The Department of Defense (DoD) is updating its Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Defuel Plan. Click here to access the plan.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY CLOSURE PLAN, RED HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY
The Department of the Navy is updating its Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Closure Plan, Click here to access the plan.
RED HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY REUSE AND REPURPOSING PUBLIC OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Navy has awarded a contract to the Nakupuna Companies, a Native Hawaiian-owned and local small business, to develop and execute a public outreach program to solicit information from the public on recommendations for the Navy regarding the repurposing of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) once it is defueled and closed. A website has been created for the public to provide their comments, suggestions and recommendations regarding the repurposing of the RHBFSF at www.redhillrepurposing.com
The first survey to collect input from the public on recommendations for the non-fuel repurposing of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) is available until Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Click here to take the survey.
RED HILL CLINIC
The Defense Health Agency Region Indo-Pacific (DHAR-IP) will extend offering medical assessments to impacted civilians exposed to Red Hill contaminants beginning April 10, 2023. DHAR-IP is offering a medical assessment and, if deemed medically necessary, care at the Red Hill Clinic at Branch Health Clinic Makalapa, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, or at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, on a space-available and non-reimbursable basis until March 10, 2024.
Any civilian who resided in housing served by the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Water Distribution System, or who worked full- or part-time on the base or any DOD facility served by the base between November 20, 2021 and March 18, 2022, and who are experiencing persistent symptoms the individual attributes to jet fuel contamination are invited to call to schedule their medical assessment.
Individuals may contact the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line to begin the appointing process. Call 800-874-2273, select option 1, and request an appointment at the Red Hill Clinic. The TRICARE Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7.
RED HILL PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT UPDATES
The Navy continues efforts to facilitate open and transparent communication with regulators, stakeholders and the general public. Click here for information regarding the most recent upgrades and improvements to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
RED HILL PUBLIC REPORTS AND PLANS
The Navy and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) have been working collaboratively with each other to improve the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage facility and its operations. The Navy produces environmental analyses and reports with regards to the infrastructure, improvements and upgrades all of which are aimed at protecting human health as well as the environment. Click here for reports. U.S. Navy’s Supplement to Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Administrative Order on Consent Tank Upgrade Alternatives and Release Detection Decision Document dated Aug. 18, 2021 can be found here.
RED HILL NEWS RELEASES AND PUBLIC NOTICES
News releases and public notices pertaining to Red Hill are issued through Commander, Navy Region Hawaii’s (CNRH) Public Affairs Office. Releases and notices are sent to all major media outlets throughout the state. News releases and notices are listed by date and can be accessed here.
RED HILL PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY
Photographs and videos pertaining to the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility are generated by Commander, Navy Region Hawaii’s (CNRH) Public Affairs Office. For Red Hill photographs and videos, click here.
RED HILL INFORMATIONAL VIDEO: BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS, DEVELOPING RESULTS
The Navy, in partnership with the University of Hawaii’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), has developed an informational video that provides a historical, technical and logistical overview of the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. To view the video please click here.