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    EPA sending experts to Hawaii for molasses spill

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read..._for_molass-ap

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sending two spill experts to Hawaii to help clean up some 1,400 tons of molasses that spilled into Honolulu Harbor this week..........

    Crews have collected about 2,000 dead fish near the harbor.


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    Is there ANYTHING humans haven't messed up?!?

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    Its a sticky situation.

    How do you clean 1400 tons of molasses out of the harbor?
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    Tor:Con Index link below. Will show you the probability of a tornado happening in your area.
    http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index

    FEMA's link for Emergency Supplies list below or what you need to survive for three days in case help is not immediately available to you.
    http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Show Me View Post
    Its a sticky situation.

    How do you clean 1400 tons of molasses out of the harbor?
    According to this article, it looks like they will just have to try and experiment with it because what works for oil spills will not work for the molasses. They are not even sure why it is killing the fish because molasses is not toxic.

    Hawaii receiving federal aid and funds for molasses spill

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/2...molasses-spill

    According to EPA officials, molasses spills can be technically challenging to contain and clean up, as methods used on oil spills such as floating booms and skimming to contain the liquid are ineffective.

    The State has also requested assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, which makes Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) funding available for expenses related to this spill. The Coast Guard will coordinate the response, with direct involvement from the State of Hawai‘i, the EPA, and NOAA..........

    Federal officials cautioned that there is very little precedent on how to proceed. Due to the nature of molasses, skimming and normal oxygenation techniques may not work. EPA described a possible strategy of deploying what are known as "air curtains"—long air bubbler tubes—in the most sensitive areas affected, but it is uncertain how effective this strategy will be.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington



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