STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1480-18

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2018

 

RE: S.B. No. 2930

S.D. 2

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health & Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 2930, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to protect the State's underground drinking water sources and surrounding environment by statutorily requiring the Department of Health to adopt rules for underground storage tanks, tank systems, and related piping that conform with the 2015 revisions to federal regulations. Additionally, this measure requires that all field-constructed underground storage tanks with storage capacities greater than 50,000 gallons shall be required to upgrade with secondary containment.

 

The Department of Health, Department of the Attorney General, Council member representing District 6 of the Honolulu City Council, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, IMUAlliance, Sierra Club of Hawaii, Ka Lahui Hawaii Political Action Committee, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Young Progressives Demanding Action, Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action - Hawaii, Filipina Advocacy Network, Our Revolution Hawaii, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, and numerous individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. The Department of the Navy and United States Pacific Command provided comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Removing the requirement that all field-constructed underground storage tanks with storage capacities greater than 50,000 gallons shall be required to upgrade with secondary containment;

 

(2) Establishing the Red Hill Task Force to study the implementation of the containment measures at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, study compliance with the Administrative Order on Consent with the Department of Health, Docket No. 15-UST-EA-01, and report to the Legislature; and

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

Your Committee notes that secondary containment of the underground tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility is your Committee's preferred option for dealing with the threat to Hawaii's groundwater.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health & Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2930, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2930, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health & Human Services,

 

 

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair