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Environmentalists, Lawmakers Frustrated with Molasses Spill

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Wayne Yoshioka
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Matt Cox, Matson President and CEO, briefs media on company's response.

State officials have released new information on the Matson spill that leaked 1400 tons of molasses into Honolulu harbor earlier this month.

A state inspector reported seeing molasses dripping from the same pipe last year. 

After receiving a letter from the Department of Transportation, the shipping company inspected the pipe, but did not find a leak.

As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the continuing investigation has prompted concern, especially when it comes to accountability for damage to Hawaii’s reefs and fisheries.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon joined HPR in May 2012 as an intern for the morning talk show The Conversation. She has since worn a variety of hats around the station, doing everything from board operator to producer.
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