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MPD-FBI list of missing from Lahaina fire drops to 7 people

SA: … The Maui Police Department today released an updated version of the MPD-FBI “credible list of unaccounted for/missing individuals” from the Aug. 8 wildfire with the names of 7 people, down from 10 a week ago.

Three of the people on last Friday’s missing list were publicly identified over the past week as being among the 98 confirmed fatalities.

The first FBI-MPD unaccounted for list on Aug. 24 had 388 names. Since then, Maui police Chief John Pelletier has said only those people who have a formal missing persons report filed with MPD will be included on the list.

Maui police also said today that of those 98 fatalities, 96 have been publicly identified after notification of next of kin; one has been identified but their family has not been located or notified; and one has not been identified. No new identities were released today….

read … MPD-FBI list of missing from Lahaina fire drops to 7 people 

Operations to remove fuel at Red Hill begin Monday

SA: …  A historic milestone for Oahu as well as the U.S. Navy takes place Monday.

On that day, defueling 104 million gallons of aviation and marine fuel contained inside the once secret, underground Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility is expected to commence.

The Joint Task Force-Red Hill, the military organization the Pentagon established to do this work, will use a “gravity” defueling method to drain the fuel tanks and the miles of fuel lines that snake through the World War II-era facility, which is built along an uphill slope and suffered two major fuel leaks in recent years….

The Red Hill defueling effort is expected to last through late January, the task force says.

After the defueling is complete, state, federal and military officials say they’ll coordinate efforts to permanently close the fuel storage site built hundreds of feet beneath the mouth of Halawa Valley. And following its closure, officials say they’ll mitigate any environmental contamination — including any petroleum or fuel- related chemicals — that might have infiltrated Oahu’s aquifer, which most of Honolulu relies on for fresh drinking water….

read … Operations to remove fuel at Red Hill begin Monday

EPA crews being applying soil stabilizer to properties, fire debris in Lahaina

HNN: … Crews have started to apply a soil stabilizer in fire-ravaged Lahaina aimed at preventing ash and other debris from getting into the water or air….

EPA has already applied the same soil stabilizer to burned properties in Kula….

EPA is asking that individuals wait 24 hours from the application of the soil stabilizer before entering a property….

read … EPA crews being applying soil stabilizer to properties, fire debris in Lahaina

‘Red tape’ likely delayed Honolulu police efforts to assist Maui after wildfires

HNN: … Documents obtained by Hawaii News Now show a mutual aid agreement form was needed first.

The form said Maui “suffered catastrophic damage and loss of life as a result of the wildfires” and “needs additional law enforcement personnel” to assist.

The paperwork, dated Aug. 15 — one week after the devastating fire — had to be signed by the mayors of both counties and the police chiefs.

A second form was required, signed by MPD Chief John Pelletier, to give the HPD officers police powers on Maui “to support and manage police operations.”

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers called it “red tape” that likely delayed response.

SHOPO also wants a statewide, mutual aid response plan that could allow for police officers to be activated for other counties ahead of or soon after an emergency….

read … ‘Red tape’ likely delayed Honolulu police efforts to assist Maui after wildfires (hawaiinewsnow.com)

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