85 workers involved in molasses clean-up

Molasses Spill - Fish

According to the Department of Health, state and federal officials have been working around the clock since the molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor.

They’ve also been doing daily aerial assessments to see if the plume is moving.

So far, more than 26,000 fish and shellfish have died.

“The greatest concentration that we see of discoloration at least is near the reef runway area going out to the ocean and parts of the boathouse of Keehi lagoon area,” said Dr. Keith Kawaoka with the Department of Health Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office.

“Response efforts will also have access to federal Superfund money to reimburse expenses,” U.S. Senator Brian Schatz said.

Officials have set-up a Joint Information Center off Sand Island as a command center.

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz held a conference call Wednesday with state and federal responders to get an update on the situation.

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