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09/24/2013 09:24 pm ET

EPA Will Conduct Separate Investigation Into Matson Molasses Spill

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii News Now reports that the EPA has decided to conduct a separate investigation into the Matson molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor that killed at least 26,000 fish, shut down swimming and boating areas and damaged undetermined but vast amounts of coral reef.

News of the decision comes after revelations that Hawaii's Department of Transportation knew about the pipe's leak a year prior to the spill and had failed to mandate any corrective action. While the piers are owned by the state, the underwater pipelines are leased by Matson and are their responsibility to maintain.

According to Hawaii News Now, some lawmakers have decided to postpone their own hearings about the spill in lieu of the EPA's imminent investigation. The state of Hawaii's Health Department will conduct its own probe into the disaster.

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