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On Thursday, November 2, the Senate Committees on Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture and Environment (AEN) will hold a joint informational briefing on the defueling process of Red Hill.

“As chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, I am hopeful that the Red Hill defueling is not causing any health issues to the community,” commented Senator Joy San Buenaventura (District 2, Puna). “This informational briefing will allow legislators to ask constituent questions and hopefully, assuage concerns of the defueling efforts.”

The Red Hill crisis has grown as an impending threat to Oʻahu’s natural resources and public health. Various complexities surround the defueling process that has been approved by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The defueling is currently being implemented by the U.S. Navy.

“As a resident of Oʻahu and the Chair of the Hawaiʻi Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, I’m relieved that the defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility has begun,” said Senator Mike Gabbard (District 21, Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, portions of Fernandez Village, and ʻEwa). “I commend Joint Task Force - Red Hill for getting the defueling started earlier than originally scheduled and our Congressional Delegation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, for their work on this complex but essential issue.”

WHAT: Informational Briefing on Red Hill Defueling

WHEN: 1:30 P.M.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

WHERE: The Hawaiʻi State Capitol

Conference Room 229

415 South Beretania Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

WHY: The purpose of this informational briefing is for the Joint Task Force-Red Hill to update the public and the committees on the defueling of Red Hill, the Navy region Hawaiʻi/Naval facilities engineering systems command-Hawaiʻi, and health updates.

Photo ID is required for entrance into the State Capitol.

A live stream of all Senate Standing Committee meetings is available on the


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