The Navy tells us two more defects were detected, bringing the total to 17.
It was in tank number five that an estimated 27,000 gallons of fuel leaked back in January.
The tiny holes were found in welding repairs made during the tank’s maintenance. An inspection of the tank is being done in phases.
The state health department is planning a public meeting next week for an update and or public input.
“Anyone who’s concerned doesn’t need to worry about asking questions in a big audience. We’ll have information tables there for the first hours. One on one, people can ask whatever questions they want and get the information that they are concerned about,” said Deputy Environmental Health Director Gary Gill.
Gill went on to say the main questions several agencies are trying to answer is whether or not the leaked fuel is moving towards our drinking water, how large it is and the direction it may be moving.
Sign-in for next week Tuesday’s public meeting at Radford High School starts at 5:30 p.m.