STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1677

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    H.C.R. No. 66

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committees on Energy and Environment, Health, and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 66 entitled:

 

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING AN EMPHASIS ON COLLABORATION, OPENNESS, AND STRENGTHENING OF THE LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE AND UNITED STATES NAVY IN ADDRESSING AND RESOLVING ISSUES RELATING TO THE LEAKAGE OF FUEL FROM THE NAVY'S RED HILL UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE FACILITY,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to request the Director of Health to:

 

     (1)  Develop and implement a course of action that emphasizes  collaboration, openness, and strengthening of the long-term relationship between the State and United States Navy in addressing and resolving issues relating to the leakage of fuel from the Navy's Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility; and

 

     (2)  Submit a report of findings and recommendations on the Department of Health's course of action, including proposed legislation, if any, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2016.

 

     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Health, and Board of Water Supply of the City and County of Honolulu.

 

     Your Committees find that on January 24, 2014, the United States Navy confirmed that a fuel leakage from Red Hill Storage Tank No. 5 caused the release of gallons of jet fuel, threatening a major source of drinking water for the people of Hawaii.  The "good neighbor" policy of the State and military community, fostered by open dialog, a collaborative approach, and an appreciation of the other party's circumstances, has overcome and resolved many issues between the parties in the past, and this policy of mutual respect and openness is critical for a mutually beneficial future for everyone.  Implementation of this measure will provide better assurance that the issues relating to the leakage of fuel from the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility are addressed and resolved through a course of action that emphasizes collaboration, openness, and strengthening of the long-term relationship between the State and the United States Navy.

 

     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy and Environment, Health, and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 66, and recommend its adoption.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy and Environment, Health, and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,

 

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JOSH GREEN, Chair

 

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MIKE GABBARD, Chair

 

 

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WILL ESPERO, Chair