100 plaintiffs join lawsuit against Navy facility's fuel-tainted water
Why it matters: The plaintiffs allege they suffered physical, mental and emotional damage from a fuel leak at the Navy-run facility that contaminated their water supply.
Driving the news: The lawsuit, originally filed in early 2022, included 10 plaintiffs. But in the most recent update filed Thursday, there were more than 100 new plaintiffs added, per CNN.
- Those in the lawsuit said they were treated and hospitalized for a number of medical issues related to the leak, including seizures, neurological issues, brain injuries, burns, rashes and more.
Context: The U.S. Navy found that 350 times the safe level of diesel fuel trickled into a well used for drinking water by families living near the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The water contained high levels of gasoline and diesel range hydrocarbons.
- A series of failures in November 2021 led to the leak. Families reported that the water smelt like fuel.
- The Pentagon closed down the Red Hill well in March after reports of sickness and illness floated in, Axios' Jacob Knutson writes.
Worth noting: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawaii Department of Health released results of a recent survey that found 80% of respondents said they experienced health problems in the last month, while 65% said they had some level of confidence that it was related to the leak.