EPA sending experts to Hawaii for molasses spill

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The fishing boat Laysan arrives at Pier 38 in Honolulu Harbor to unload it's catch of fish Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Honolulu. Off 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. 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. (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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