EPA sending experts to Hawaii for molasses spill

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Vic Angoco, Matson Navigation Co. Senior Vice President of the Pacific , speaks during a press conference on the location of a cracked pipe that leaked 233,000 gallons of molasses into the Honolulu Harbor Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Honolulu. The pipe maintained by Matson Navigation Co. at pier 52 has been repaired but the leaked molasses is being blamed for the killing of marine life at Keehi Lagoon which is located near the Honolulu Harbor. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Vic Angoco, Matson Navigation Co. Senior Vice President of the Pacific , speaks during a press conference on the location of a cracked pipe that leaked 233,000 gallons of molasses into the Honolulu Harbor Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Honolulu. The pipe maintained by Matson Navigation Co. at pier 52 has been repaired but the leaked molasses is being blamed for the killing of marine life at Keehi Lagoon which is located near the Honolulu Harbor. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

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HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sending two spill experts to Hawaii to help clean up some 1,400 tons of molasses that spilled into Honolulu Harbor this week.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said Friday he plans to work with the state to make sure federal resources and expertise are used to help respond to the spill.

Schatz says the situation is serious and requires a coordinated, aggressive response to help minimize damage to natural resources, marine life and businesses.

Crews have collected about 2,000 dead fish near the harbor.

The spill was caused by Matson Navigation Co. A senior executive for the shipping company says it hadn’t planned ahead of time for the possibility of a spill.

 

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