Container carrier Matson said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission
on Friday it was served with a federal grand jury
subpoena for documents relating to the release of molasses into
In addition, Matson said it has received written requests for
information regarding the spill from Hawaii's Depatment of Health, Office of Hawaiian
Affairs, and U.S. Environmental Protection
Molasses was released in early September into Honolulu Harbor from a pipeline system operated by a Matson subsidiary, and the company said it is fully cooperating with federal and state agencies involved in responding to and investigating the spill.
It said that on Sept. 20 "the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and other responding governmental agencies announced that they had officially transitioned their role from a response phase to the recovery and restoration phase. The DOH also reported on September 20, 2013 that dissolved oxygen and pH levels in the harbor and nearby Keehi lagoon have returned to normal target levels and that there was no longer discoloration of the water in those same areas attributable to the molasses spill. Keehi lagoon was reopened to the public on Sept. 21, 2013.
"Government agencies have not yet presented Matson with an accounting of any claims for costs, penalties or damages, and the company has only received a limited number of third party claims. As a result Matson is presently unable to estimate the liabilities it may incur related to the spill," the company said.