EPA settles with Hawaii company over 2013 molasses spill
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By CALEB JONES Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a settlement with the company responsible for a 1,400-ton molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor in 2013.
The federal agency announced in a statement Thursday that Matson Terminals Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $725,000. The molasses leaked from a section of pipe that had been flagged by the state a year before the spill.
The civil settlement follows a criminal case against Matson in which the company paid $1 million in fines and restitution, which was split between the Waikiki Aquarium for coral reef research and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii for beach cleanups.
The company also reached a settlement with the state to stop transporting molasses through the harbor and paid for cleanup and coral restoration.
Matson did not immediately return requests for comment.
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