EPA, Hawaii Health Department Tracking Jet Fuel Cleanup

As of Feb. 2, more than 18,640 gallons of spilled jet fuel had been recovered as the spill cleanup continues at the Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp. facility on Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu.

EPA and the Hawaii State Department of Health are continuing response operations to recover spilled jet fuel at Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp.'s facility on Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu, with more than 18,640 gallons of spilled jet fuel recovered as of Feb. 2, according to an EPA release. EPA is leading the response effort and working with DOH's Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response branch and Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG), the facility's operator.

Jet fuel recovery has begun outside the facility with extraction wells recovering jet fuel that migrated off-site, and ASIG submitted a work place on time, complying with EPA’s Jan. 30 Clean Water Act order. ASIG had reported to the health department nine days earlier that a 42,000-gallon spill had leaked from ASIG's Tank #2, an above-ground storage tank capable of holding 2.8 million gallons. The facility has 16 above-ground tanks with a total facility capacity of 44.8 million gallons of fuel; it supplies fuel to the Honolulu International Airport.

The release said design and planning have been completed for an interceptor trench to ensure the jet fuel plume does not reach near-shore waters or Ke'ehi Lagoon.

The health department has reported the fuel spill has not affected harbor activities and there are no closures. There are no drinking water wells in the area, according to EPA.

The order directs ASIG and Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp. to submit a plan by March 2 for confirmatory sampling to ensure that the cleanup activities are complete.