$350 Million for Hawaii Fuel Drainage Moves to Senate

Funding part of Continuing Resolution stopgap.

A funding stopgap was passed in the House and sent to the Senate on Tuesday, proposing a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open after the current CR expires February 18. Part of the bill gives $250 million to the military to clean the drinking water in Hawaii contaminated by a Navy fuel tank leak and gives the Defense Department $100 million to comply with Hawaii’s state order to drain the fuel tanks that caused the contamination. 

“This bill funds defueling, and it establishes Congress’s position on Red Hill [Bulk Fuel Storage Facility]: the DoD must defuel and follow the state’s order immediately,” Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii stated. “We still have more work to do, but we are making good progress to protect our water and get this right.” The Pentagon is continuing its appeal of the order in court.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of Congress as they extend the timeline on the federal budget.
  • For U.S. Navy officials overseeing the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.
  • For Senator Schatz as he works to ensure the safety of drinking water for Hawaiians.

Sources: Military.com, USA Today


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