ABOUT THE RED HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY
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.
2023 ADMINISTRATIVE CONSENT ORDER (CONSENT ORDER) - UPDATED DEC 04, 2023
The 2023 Administrative Consent Order (Consent Order) between the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX (“EPA”), the Department of Navy (“Navy”), and the Defense Logistics Agency (“DLA”) pursuant to Section 7003 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) and Section 1431 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”) can be accessed by clicking here.
The Consent Order requires the Navy and DLA to take steps to ensure the safe and expeditious defueling and closure of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (“JBPHH”) in Honolulu, Hawaii and requires the Navy to perform actions to ensure the delivery of a safe and resilient supply of drinking water for the Navy-owned JBPHH drinking water system.
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'S TANK CLOSURE PLAN, RED HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY
The Department of the Navy is updating its Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Tank Closure Plan, Click here to access the plan.
OTHER RED HILL PUBLIC REPORTS AND PLANS
The Navy and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) have been working collaboratively with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) 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.
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 recommendations from the public regarding the repurposing of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) once it is defueled and closed.
Nakupuna Companies has developed a website for the public to provide their comments, suggestions and recommendations regarding the repurposing of the RHBFSF at www.redhillrepurposing.com
To view more information on the Navy’s RHBFSF Reuse and Repurposing Public Outreach Program please click here.
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.
Beginning August 9,2023, patients should call 833-415-3024 to book an appointment at the Red Hill Clinic. This appointment line is operated locally and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, except holidays.
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 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.