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DOH publishes soil data from AFFF publication in Red Hill

Posted Jan 27, 2023 in Navy Water System Incident, Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has received the first set of test results from soil samples it collected outside Access 6 of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where approximately 1,100 gallons of foam were released. aqueous film-forming (AFFF). November 29, 2022. Laboratory test results are available on the DOH Red Hill Water Information website at: /.

The first soil samples were collected after liberation while the US Department of the Navy (Navy) was conducting a soil excavation. As expected, some levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exceeded DOH Environmental Action Levels (EALs) for soil. DOH collected additional soil samples and test results will be posted at the link above as they become available.

DOH has also been collecting and observing the collection of Navy samples from eleven groundwater monitoring locations near Adit 6, including Red Hill Shaft. Today, the Navy released its first two weeks of validated groundwater PFAS test results (available on the Navy’s Safe Waters website), which show no exceedances of the DOH EALs for groundwater. DOH test results for independent verification are pending and will be shared when available.

DOH directed the Navy to conduct PFAS sampling as described in DOH’s December 2, 2022 Notice of Interest (NOI) in response to AFFF’s November 2022 release. The NOI requires the Navy to characterize the nature and extent of spill to soil and groundwater.

For updates on the AFFF release and other Red Hill-related topics, visit:

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