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Why Hawaii wants the Navy to move its fuel tanks

Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson is urging the Navy to relocate its underground fuel storage facility at Red Hill away from a major source of Oahu’s drinking water.

Anderson told lawmakers Thursday that the state has no power to force the Navy to move the tanks, which sit 100 feet (about 30.5 meters) above a major aquifer, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Friday.

Anderson hopes the Navy will agree to reopen a legal agreement entered into in 2015 following a fuel leak at one of its Red Hill fuel tanks.

Anderson said that amending the agreement could make that option more likely. The agreement lays out steps the Navy must take to address fuel releases and increase tank safety.

"Storing this much fuel above our drinking water is not an acceptable option in the long run. In the short run we really don't have an option," Anderson said during a joint informational briefing before the House Committee on Health and House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection.