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Hawaii applies for federal aid for molasses spill

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:39 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2013



 HONOLULU>> Hawaii has formally asked the federal government for aid in responding to a spill of 1,400 tons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says the funding will be made available from a U.S. Coast Guard fund.

Schatz says he is grateful to federal agencies for moving quickly to provide resources and support to the state.

The funds are used to reimburse the state for what it spends to clean up the spill.

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.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sending two spill experts to Hawaii on Sunday.







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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"The funds are used to reimburse the state for what it spends to clean up the spill." Matson needs to reimburse the state, not the Feds.
on September 14,2013 | 04:37AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Indirectly you are asking for the people of Hawaii to pay for this because Matson will simply pass any cost on to us. At least this way the entire country funds this clean up.
on September 14,2013 | 05:58AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Bravo.
on September 14,2013 | 06:23AM
localguy wrote:
This is so embarrassing for the Nei. Now we have the dysfunctional state environmental office admitting they were aware of the federal requirement to have a Spill Plan but willfully looked the other way as a sweetheart deal to Matson. State Environmental now lacks credibility, seen as incompetent, vote of No Confidence by everyone. Senior bureaucrats should resign now before they are arrested for failing to follow the law, joining Matson bureaucrats in jail. With the state EPA and Matson now facing federal EPA fines, why should the Nei go hat in hand to the feds and ask for money? By the time the fines are paid both the state and Matson will be deep in debt due to their willful incompetence. Just another reason why the Nei is seen around the world as a little 4th world country. No one will due their jobs.
on September 14,2013 | 05:34AM
yhls wrote:
Local guy is not local. And yes, Matson should pay, not taxpayers.
on September 14,2013 | 06:12AM
localguy wrote:
yhls - Really? When did Kaneohe not become local. Hmmm, obviously a rookie poster.....
on September 14,2013 | 08:07AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Why Federal aid? Knock on Matson's door. They have deep pockets? Oh. Sorry. Either way, the consumer picks up the tab. Either the taxpayers via Federal aid, or cite Matson and they will pass on the cost to us customers. What a great country.
on September 14,2013 | 06:23AM
chuutohampa wrote:
Another example of "socialism for the rich".
on September 14,2013 | 07:43AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Matson is the "illuminati" of Hawaii. They will never perish. It's a take it or leave with them. They have us in the corner.
on September 14,2013 | 06:25AM
gyang wrote:
Wasn't anybody paying attention to the loading or unloading of this? They must have instruments that showed the progress of the material being transported and what is recieved. If one showed 2000 gallons dispersed, shouldn't the other side show 2000 gallons received? Where was the operator? The spill could have been less if the operators were paying attention. If this was fuel or oil, it would have been a disaster!
on September 14,2013 | 07:26AM
localguy wrote:
Union contract only requires checking the transfer process when there is time around the required breaks.
on September 14,2013 | 08:10AM
gsr wrote:
Uh, last I heard the state/city/Matson had a "wait to see if it goes away" strategy with no clean up of the molasses planned. How much can that cost?
on September 14,2013 | 07:28AM
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