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Schatz Secures Additional $150 Million In New Federal Funding To Defuel, Permanently Close Red Hill, Clean Up Water

New Funding Follows $100 Million Schatz Secured Last Month To Defuel Red Hill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured an additional $150 million in new federal funding to cover the cost to defuel, permanently close the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, and clean up contaminated water in the affected areas. Schatz worked closely with top leaders in the Biden Administration and the Senate Appropriations Committee to include his funding provision in the new appropriations bill.

“This is new federal money to defuel and permanently shut down Red Hill,” said Senator Schatz. “We still have more work to do to make sure Red Hill is closed safely, but we now have significant resources to drain the tanks and get this right.”

The new funding follows the $100 million Schatz secured last month for defueling Red Hill and an announcement yesterday that the Department of Defense will permanently close down the facility, after calls from Schatz to do so.