Molasses spill triggers new bills from lawmakersUPDATED 7:11 PM HST Jan 27, 2014Video Transcript
molasses spill offered a blueprint of what NOT to do... There's a fresh determination to make things right. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji De Nies. The key is getting EVERYONE on the same page... We might not be there yet. KITV-4's Catherine Cruz joining us now with our top story at 6... Catherine? Lawmakers put off a hearing into what led to the spill hoping to get a report that Matson promised would be shared publicly. But they aren't waiting for that or the results from a state and EPA probe to introduce l legislation they hope will prevent another environmental disaster. Spill a quarter-million gallons of molasses in the ocean and you kill a lot of fish. Mike Gabbart 2:08 -2:13 - "The bottom line is that government and industry was unprepared to deal with this freak accident." Scientists have spent the last several months trying to understand the toll on the marine environment and to attach a figure to the losses. 20-thousand or more fish and massive coral colonies are among the casualties. State and federal regulators have been trying to unravel the legal implications-- what laws were broken and who should be held responsible. Lawmakers who promised action are doing what they can. Chris Lee 3:00 - 3:10 - "Right now it's taking a broad picture to take the easy things we can do that are necessary to make sure this doesn't happen again, which is updating our spill response plans and making sure we can clean up efficiently and effectively" Among the ideas-- establishing a special fund for coral restoration with any money received from this spill--ensuring what's collected just doesnt go back into the general fund. They are hoping state lawyers and the EPA take action while the legislature is still in session. - Ryan Yamane 10:05 -10:14 - "We are moving forward with some ideas to keep the discussion going and we are hoping the investigation will give us some results sooner than later" Lawmakers also want to make sure any shortcomings within the State Harbors division are addressed. Transportation officials finally admitted they had flagged problems with Matson's leaky pipe before the massive spill but apparently dropped the ball with no proper followup inspection. Matson said today it will not release its internal report until the state and federal investigations are complete. The company has not disclosed how much molasses remains in its tanks at Sand Island or what the plan is to remove what's left. Back to you.