Leak in Navy Fuel Tank Raises Concerns About Water Contamination

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The U.S. Navy confirmed Thursday that one of its massive underground tanks near Pearl Harbor has a leak and may have spilled up to 20,000 gallons of aviation fuel, raising concerns about potential drinking water contamination.

The Navy began investigating the possibility of a leak at the historic Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility on Monday after officials noticed a discrepancy in the tank's fuel levels and later discovered a 3 foot wide wet spot on a nearby concrete wall. Tests confirmed that the fuel soaking the wall matched that in the tank.

Earlier this week, the Navy shut down a well that serves the military, and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply closed five wells in the Aiea area, according to military and government officials who spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

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