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Shipper will pay for Hawaii molasses spill cleanup

Published On: Sep 16 2013 10:47:00 AM HST

Matson showed lawmakers how the plume dissipated in Honolulu Harbor, and reassured that Hawaii residents will not have to pay for the cleanup.

HONOLULU -

The chief executive of the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters says the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs without passing them on to taxpayers or customers.

Matson Navigation Co. CEO Matt Cox said Monday that he is sorry for the spill, and the company won't ship molasses until it's confident a similar spill will not occur.

Cox spoke after taking a boat tour of the harbor and nearby waters with state officials, lawmakers and reporters.

State officials say they have collected about 25,000 dead fish and other animals from surrounding waters since the Sept. 9 spill.

The spill happened in Honolulu Harbor in an industrial area about 5 miles west of Waikiki.

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