Rulemaking to impact Red Hill tanks

The Department of Health has began their formal administrative rulemaking process to update their underground storage tank regulations, as required by the court ruling in our lawsuit against the Health Department. These newly proposed regulations are supposed to bring DOH’s treatment of underground fuel tanks — like those at Red Hill — into compliance with state and federal law.

The Health Department did implement some of our comments — like imposing a permit sooner on the Red Hill tanks — but it did not incorporated what we view as the most crucial change: mandating that field-constructed underground storage tanks comply with all new regulations in sooner than 20 years.

All is not lost—that is what this rulemaking process is for. This comment period is our next chance to come together as a community and raise our voices for the protection of our water today and for generations to come.

You can submit your comments using the form below. Other ways to take action include:

  1. Share this action with your networks of friends, family, and fellow water drinkers
  2. Submit a letter to the editor urging the Health Department to protect our future drinking water
  3. Show up to support and provide verbal testimony directly to the Department of Health on Thursday, May 31 at 9am at the State Lab Auditorium, 2725 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City. Email us at hawaii.chapter@sierraclub.org for more information and to RSVP.

For for official meeting notice, click here.

To learn more about the Red Hill issue, the court order from our lawsuit, and other ways to take action visit our Red Hill water security page here.