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MDEQ welcomes new members to enHance program

Environmental-icons_rgbACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has accepted three new members, seven renewal memberships and two returning members into its enHance program for the 2014 class.

enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2009 that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers —  Associate, Steward or Leader.

“There are many facilities in Mississippi doing good work and achieving standards beyond their permit requirements. We believe they should be recognized for their leadership,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive director. “In addition, successful participation in this program results in the reduction of waste and the conservation of resources leading to long-term economic benefits and continuous environmental enhancement.”

The new members for 2014 are:

• Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi Inc. (Blue Springs) — Leader

• Cooper Tire Company (Clarksdale) — Steward

• DeSoto County Environmental Services — Associate

The renewing members are:

• Columbus Air Force Base — Leader

• Custom Engineered Wheels Inc. (Tupelo) — Leader

• Flexsteel Industries (Starkville) — Leader

• Nissan North America Inc. (Canton) — Leader

• Cooper Tire Company (Tupelo) — Steward

• Leaf River Cellulose, LLC (New Augusta) — Steward

• City of Ridgeland — Steward

Two members are returning to the program. They are:

• Gulf State Manufacturers (Starkville) — Leader

• Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Ocean Springs) — Steward

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  1. This is all MDEQ director Trudy Fisher does – backpatting PR. No leadership, no management of the department, no environmental work. Just running all over the place meeting with politicians to build up herself. Meanwhile, the department is spiraling the drain with dedicated veteran employees leaving in waves while Fisher promotes or hires only brown-nosing females for management these days, sometimes to the exclusion of others with 10+ years more relevant experience. DEQ has become a joke to other government agencies, and probably to the private sector as well. I suspect folks sign up for her little enhance program just to stay on her good side, because doing a good job doesn’t get any attention.

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