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Potential Beneficial Non-Fuel Reuse of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Background Information
The Department of the Navy is currently exploring and evaluating potential beneficial non-fuel repurposing options for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Tanks after closure.

Input for potential beneficial non-fuel reuse options and alternatives are being considered via the following sources:

  • The University of Hawaii per an Office of Naval Research (ONR) grant to investigate potential energy related beneficial non-fuel reuses.
  • A Department of Defense beneficial non-fuel reuse study and feasibility/cost-benefit analyses required by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023.
  • The general public, key stakeholders, and community leaders through a public outreach plan facilitated by Nakupuna Companies, a locally owned and operated research firm, per the request of Hawaii Department of Health.

Nakupuna Companies Repurposing/Reuse Efforts and Reports
As part the Navy's contract with the Nakupuna Companies and their subcontractor, SMS Research, LLC, available below are reports detailing the first two phases of their efforts to solicit public input regarding the re-purposing the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) once it is defueled and decommissioned. 

The reports reflect results from what was a publicly available on-line qualitative survey and a series of “talk story” style interviews (known as “soft sound” interviews) with key environmental and community stakeholders. Each report explains the methods used to collect input, outlines key findings and includes complete and unabridged responses received during the survey and soft sound interviews.  

*Red Hill Repurposing - Quantitative Survey Report (PDF; 3.61 MB, 196 pages) - NEW
*Red Hill Repurposing - Qualitative Survey Report (PDF; 2 MB, 125 pages)
*Red Hill Repurposing - Soft Sound Interview Report (PDF; 1.14 MB; 67 pages)
*All information and/or opinions presented in the reports listed above are those of the survey respondents and do not necessarily represent the view of the Department of Defense or its components. 

Nakupuna Companies is actively working the final phase of their project, which is a quantitative survey designed to gather feedback from respondents who are representative of the adult population living in the communities surrounding Red Hill and a sample population representing Oahu. Surveys were mailed to the surrounding Red Hill residents and via an online link to a sampling of households on Oahu in early August 2023.   

The information from Nakupuna's three phases listed above along with data from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the University of Hawaii's efforts will be compiled into a report due to Congress in February 2024 on potential beneficial non-fuel reuse of the Red Hill Facility. Upon Congressional review, the information gathered from the public will be evaluated for feasibility, taking into account numerous factors including environmental, cultural, health, engineering, maintenance, safety, cost and benefit.


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Last Updated: 11/13/2023




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