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EPA Experts Set to Assist in Molasses Spill

EPA Experts Set to Assist in Molasses Spill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today it will send two on-scene coordinators to Oahu to help the state in its response to the spill of 233,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon. According to EPA officials, molasses spills can be technically challenging to contain and clean up. 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. Approaches used on oil spills such as floating booms and skimming to contain the liquid are ineffective.

 

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