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Reallocation of barrel tax funds would strengthen environmental protection

By Gary Gill and Keith Kawaoka

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2014

~~<p>A mysterious dark stain spreads across Honolulu Harbor. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Fish, crabs, eels -- every living thing in the water is floating to the surface and dying. The black stuff in the water is not oil -- so the oil response teams poised for action in the harbor do not mobilize. At the water's edge, the state Department of Health (DOH) Emergency Response team goes into action.</p>
<p>Over the next two weeks, tens of thousands of dead fish are collected, harbor waters are scientifically tested and monitored, and divers check the harbor bottom and sensitive coral colonies. A multi-agency response team which includes the federal government and private business is organized to protect the environment from what has become known as the largest environmental disaster ever in Hawaiian waters.</p>
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A mysterious dark stain spreads across Honolulu Harbor. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Fish, crabs, eels -- every living thing in the water is floating to the surface and dying. The black stuff in the water is not oil -- so the oil response teams poised for action in the harbor do not mobilize. At the water's edge, the state Department of Health (DOH) Emergency Response team goes into action.

Over the next two weeks, tens of thousands of dead fish are collected, harbor waters are scientifically tested and monitored, and divers check the harbor bottom and sensitive coral colonies. A multi-agency response team which includes the federal government and private business is organized to protect the environment from what has become known as the largest environmental disaster ever in Hawaiian waters. Login for more...



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