EPA personnel to arrive in Oahu to aid Honolulu Harbor response

Keehi Lagoon Molassas spill-E.Miles2

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it is sending two on-scene coordinators to Oahu to assist the state in its response to the spill of an estimated 223,000 gallons of molasses on Sunday.

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.

According to the EPA, molasses spills can be technically challenging to contain and clean up.

Approaches used on oil spills, such as floating booms and skimming to contain the liquid, are ineffective.

Pending an on-site assessment, the EPA may recommend a technique known as “air curtains” to protect particularly sensitive affected areas.

This technique uses long tubes to oxygenate water and help disperse and break down contaminants.

Related stories:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s