A spill of over 1,000 gallons of toxic firefighting foam is threatening the water supply for hundreds of thousands of Hawaiʻi residents on the island of Oʻahu. It's just the latest disaster at the U.S. Navy's Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where leaky fuel tanks sickened families last year and caused the temporary shut down of the facility.
The latest spill involves fire-fighting foam (AFFF) concentrate, a type of PFAS "forever chemical" known to cause cancer, birth defects, thyroid disease, and other serious health issues. Highly toxic, only a few gallons of PFAS "forever chemicals" may be enough to render hundreds of trillions of gallons of water potentially unsafe to drink.
This is a disaster of the Navy's making. The Department of Defense has repeatedly failed Hawaiʻi residents demanding better safeguards for their water. With the Navy's persistent failure to protect this critical water supply, it's time for Congress to get involved to demand emergency water protections.
Take Action: Tell your members of Congress to demand emergency protections to safeguard Oʻahu's water supply!