Video: EPA sending help to HNL after molasses spill

The fishing boat Laysan arrives at Pier 38 in Honolulu Harbor to unload it's catch of fish Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. To the right in the back ground is the Matson container ship MahiMahi which is being loaded at the Matson container base yard's pier 52. A pipe maintained by Matson at pier 52 cracked and leaked about 233,000 gallons of molasses into the harbor. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is sending two on-scene coordinators to Oahu to assist the State in its response to the spill of an estimated 224,000 gallons of molasses on Monday.

"After several conversations with officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency has decided to send two on-scene coordinators with expertise in spill response to Oahu today to assist the state," said Sen. Brian Schatz. "This is a serious situation, and it requires a coordinated, aggressive response at all levels of government."


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The EPA personnel have expertise in spill response and plan to meet with State officials and other federal agencies involved with addressing the spill shortly after their arrival.

The molasses spill is being blamed for the killing of marine life at Keehi Lagoon which is located near the Honolulu Harbor. The cracked pipe has been repaired and the molasses leak stopped, according to an Associated Press report.


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