(MENAFN) A US Navy investigation has now shown that bad management and human error at Hawaii's vast Pearl Harbor naval installation allowed jet fuel to seep into tap water, sickening thousands of people and driving military families to flee.
“The lack of critical thinking, intellectual rigor, and self-assessment by key leaders at decisive moments exemplified a culture of complacency and demonstrated a lack of professionalism that is demanded by the high consequence nature of fuel operations,” stated the investigative report issued on Thursday.
The investigation provides the first detailed description of how jet fuel leaked from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a massive World War II-era military-run tank farm in the hills above Pearl Harbor, into a well that supplied water to housing and offices on and around the sprawling US Navy base.
Nearly 6,000 individuals, including Navy, Army, and Air Force families, experienced nausea, headaches, rashes, and other ailments as a result of the months-long leak.
After months of defiance, the US military ultimately caved in April to a state of Hawaii order to drain the tanks and close the Red Hill installation.
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