June 12, 2014 | Vol. 64, No. 11
Dear PEI Member:
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 is supporting a Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) effort to oversee United States Department of Navy (Navy) efforts to address future and past fuel leaks at the Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility (Red Hill) that serves the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, located two and one-half miles north and east of Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. In an effort to provide support to DOH, EPA is conducting initial research to identify expertise available to provide technical oversight and support related to the Red Hill response effort.
This is not your run-of-the-mill underground storage tank (UST) facility. Red Hill was constructed in the early 1940s to store essential fleet and aviation fuels. Red Hill consists of 20 field constructed USTs with a total combined capacity of approximately 250 million gallons connected to pipelines within a tunnel system that terminates at a fueling pier. Each tank was constructed/installed vertically and measures 100 feet in diameter and 250 feet high. The USTs were constructed by mining out voids in the basalt rock and lining the voids with reinforced concrete and steel plate. A video describing the general construction of the facility can be seen here. The video is well done and offers a great history and engineering lesson for those unfamiliar with the Red Hill project.
In January 2014, Red Hill had an apparent 27,000-gallon release of jet fuel from one of the tanks. Evidence and data also suggest historic releases from the Red Hill UST system—a system that was not designed to meet today’s standards. EPA and DOH are working with the Navy to investigate and remediate the release, and explore and implement actions to prevent future releases.
EPA asked PEI to put the word out in the form of a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks expertise and relevant experience in some or all of the areas identified below to assist with the Red Hill response effort.
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The EPA's RFI is available here. Note that the RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes. It does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue an RFP in the future. EPA has extended the deadline shown in the RFI until July 11.
GILBARCO BUYS ANGI ENERGY SYSTEMS
ANGI will continue to operate under its current brand as a division of Gilbarco Veeder Root. The division will operate out of its facility in Janesville. Upon closing, John and Andy Grimmer will be joining Gilbarco as president and general manager of ANGI, respectively. Current management team members will continue in their current roles.
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