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Advisories lifted on three Coast beaches by MDEQ

HANCOCK COUNTY and HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted three water contact advisories for three beach monitoring stations. The advisories were lifted for the following stations in Hancock County: • Station 1-Lakeshore Beach, which extends from the Sliver Slipper Casino eastward to the jetty […] [...]

Ole Miss launches commitment to be ‘climate neutral’

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi has launched a campus-wide commitment with the goal of making Ole Miss “climate neutral.” Chancellor Dan Jones signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, to which some 600 of his counterparts across the country also gave their signatures. “A lot of good things happen on this campus […] [...]

Communities vie for TVA sustainability designation

STARKVILLE and TUPELO — Thirteen communities in the Southeast are hoping to be designated as sustainable communities by the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA designated 13 locations as Valley Sustainable Communities last year and says 13 more are about to begin the review process. TVA executive John Bradley says the idea is to help communities be […] [...]

Entergy gives $500K grant to The Nature Conservancy

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental innovators in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are implementing solutions for the management of the mid-South’s natural and environmental resources through a $500,000 grant from Entergy Corporation to The Nature Conservancy. With support from Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund and other grant programs, the projects are engineered to make a positive difference […] [...]

Advisories issued for two segments of beach

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued two water contact advisories for sampling stations in Harrison County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stations are: • […] [...]

MDEQ welcomes new members to enHance program

ACROSS 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 […] [...]

New high school aiming for LEED certification at Silver level

OXFORD — The new Oxford High School is on the road to become the first LEED Silver-certified high school in Mississippi. Oxford school superintendent Brian Harvey said, “The 220,000-square-foot educational facility’s energy-efficient and cutting-edge technologies will aid in continuing to produce academically successful students while also providing the perfect learning environment for our students. With […] [...]

Battered islands to get restoration from Corps

GULF OF MEXICO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to shore up Mississippi’s Barrier Islands by pumping in some 20 million cubic yards of sand. The corps disclosed plans at a public meeting in Biloxi. The corps plans to close the Camille Cut and restore the southern shoreline of East Ship Island. Those […] [...]

Coast city getting FEMA funding to fix Isaac-damaged piers

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is getting nearly $1.6 million to repair piers and jetties damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012 — work that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says has been languishing because of bureaucratic environmental hurdles. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency […] [...]

Bill introduced requiring EPA to analyze economic impact of Clean Air Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are cosponsoring legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing any major Clean Air Act regulation without considering its economic impact. The EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act (S.2161) was introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). It would force the EPA to […] [...]

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