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Bronster Fujichaku Robbins Founding Partne Margery Bronster presents the basis of the firm’s claims against the United States Navy alongside McCune Law Group, Partner and former Marine Corps Major Cory Weck, public health expert Dr. Dora Barilla, and physician Dr. Larry McEvoy. 

U.S. Navy Base at Pearl Harbor Allegedly Contaminates Local Water Supply on O’ahu, Hawai’i

Thousands have medical concerns after drinking water containing jet fuel

Bronster Fujichaku Robbins Attorneys at Law (BFR) – a Honolulu-based consumer and commercial litigation firm – is bringing a class action lawsuit over the pollution of an O’ahu, Hawai’i, well that provides drinking water to much of the island. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, utilized by the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, is allegedly the source of the contamination. Founding Partner Margery Bronster of BFR brings this complaint alongside Partner and former Marine Corps Major Cory R. Weck of the mainland environmental and consumer law firm, McCune Law Group.

On November 21, 2021, the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on base leeched 14,000 gallons of marine diesel, jet fuel, and water into the nearby Red Hill Well which services at least 93,000 residents. Because of the proximity to the Moanalua-Waimalu aquifer just 100 feet from the leak, locals are concerned petroleum may have contaminated other water sources as well.

Residents Are Experiencing Severe Side Effects

Immediately following the leak, the Navy Region Hawai’i Public Affairs released a statement claiming no pollutants entered the environment and the drinking water remained safe for consumption. However, in the days that followed, hundreds complained of water that smelled like jet fuel and severe illness. The Navy hosted a town hall to address concerns where it revealed the full scope of the contamination. Thousands showed up in-person or tuned in virtually to demand accountability and transparency from the Navy.

Following reports of water contamination from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, the Hawai’i Department of Health has ordered the Navy immediately stop their activities at the facility. This emergency order came nearly a week after residents were told to avoid drinking the tap water. Governor Ige, Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie K. Hirono, and Representatives Ed Case and Kaiali’I Kahele also issued a joint statement noting, “Test results confirming contamination of drinking water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam show that the Navy is not effectively operating the World War II-era facility and protecting the health and safety of the people of Hawaii.” O’ahu locals, including infants, have suffered major medical concerns after ingesting the jet fuel-contaminated water. Complaints include:

  • Mouth and throat sores
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, especially in infants
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

The U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor Has Been Tasked with Cleanup

The Hawai’i Department of Health has also demanded the Navy perform cleanup of the pollution they caused—a process which has proven to be slow and arduous. Some residents have been displaced from their homes as they await a solution to the jet fuel-contaminated water.

The Navy has a history of fuel leaks and health citations from Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. In 2014 and early 2021, the Red Hill facility experienced two other fuel leaks which threatened the environment, and in October 2020, the Red Hill facility was cited multiple times for their lack of maintenance.

About Bronster Fujichaku Robbins

Bronster Fujichaku Robbins (BFR) is a Hawai’i-based boutique litigation firm staffed by legal professionals ranging from former judges to former Attorneys General. BFR has handled a wide variety of litigation such as commercial, estate, consumer rights, and civil rights matters since 1999.

About McCune Law Group

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MLG is a national consumer law firm operating in the mainland with offices serving Southern California, the Midwest, and the East Coast for more than 30 years. Although MLG is not authorized to practice law in Hawai’i, the firm is collaborating with local law firm, Bronster Fujichaku Robbins, to coordinate cases and represent wronged O’ahu residents in Hawai’i.

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Attorneys Handling this Case

Margery S. Bronster Founding Partner of Bronster Fujichaku Robbins
Margery S. Bronster
Founding Partner of
Bronster Fujichaku Robbins

Ms. Bronster was the Attorney General for the State of Hawai’i from 1995-1999. During her term, she won widespread critical and public acclaim for successfully leading a years-long investigation into abuses by the trustees of the Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate charitable trust, the largest private trust in the country. That effort led to the forced resignation of four of the five trustees and a complete overhaul of the Trust’s administration and the manner in which the trustees were selected. She also won a multi-billion dollar Master Settlement Agreement from tobacco companies on behalf of the State of Hawai’i. Ms. Bronster graduated from Brown University and the Columbia University Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Following her career as Attorney General, she became a founding partner of Bronster Hoshibata, which is now known as Bronster Fujichaku Robbins, and she has continued her work in a broad variety of litigation and counseling matters including complex commercial litigation, government law, trust and estate litigation, investor losses and antitrust litigation. Ms. Bronster’s accomplishments in these areas have been recognized by international, national, and local organizations, and she recently served as an expert witness on Hawai’i law before the Supreme Court of Singapore.

She is a recipient of the: Profiles in Courage Award, Conference of Western Attorneys General, 2000 (Southerwestern Bell); Kelly- Wyman Award for Outstanding Attorney General, 1999 (National Association of Attorneys General); Fellow of the Pacific Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, 2000 (Hawai’i Pacific University); “Advocate of the Year” – American Cancer Society Hawai’i Chapter, 1999; Top Cop – State of Hawai’i Law Enforcement Coalition of Police Officers and Security Personnel, 1999; and “Woman Lawyer of the Year”, Hawai’i Women Lawyers. In addition, she has authored “Litigating a Class Action Suit in Hawai’i” (2001). Guest Speaker, “Be A Change Agent”, HawaiiBusiness Leadership Conference, July 21, 2015. Ms. Bronster has been recognized by the Litigation Counsel of America as a Senior Fellow.

Ms. Bronster has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, in the practice area of Insurance Litigation.

Portrait of Cory R. Weck, Partner of McCune Law Group
Cory R. Weck

Cory R. Weck leads the Personal Injury Practice Group. For 25 years, Mr. Weck has been a leading trial attorney for clients in both the Inland Empire and the Marine Corps. He has represented hundreds of clients in all matters arising out of personal injury litigation. Mr. Weck has been peer selected as one of the top 5% of attorneys, selected to the California Super Lawyers list every year since 2012.

He has also served as a Marine Corps officer for over 20 years. He was commissioned as a Major in 1994 and then served as a defense counsel representing Marines accused of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Prior to leaving active duty he represented military commanders as a prosecutor for the busiest trial shop in the Department of Defense. As a result of his trial results and dedication to justice he was selected as the “Top Young Lawyer of the Year for the U.S. Marine Corps” by the American Bar Association in 1999. Since 2001, Mr. Weck continued to serve as an active Reserve officer for the Marines until his retirement in 2017.

He is rated as Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell® and is the past president of the Inland Empire chapter of the Consumer Attorneys of California.

  • Cory’s a fighter and offers exceptional representations to his clients. He’s also a great representative for the Inland Empire.
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  • He is level headed, makes good judgements, communicates well with his clients.
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  • I am happy to know that a firm of this caliber is in Redlands and would HIGHLY recommend them.
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  • I felt like my lawyer understood me and would take my case personally.
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