Posts Tagged ‘environment’

State’s universities save $70M over eight years through energy efficiencies

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The state’s public universities have saved $70 million over the past eight years through efforts to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, according to a report made recently to the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning. “Many hands were involved in creating these cost savings and they are […] [...]

MDEQ fines metalworking firm over hazardous waste

SENATOBIA — A Senatobia metalworking firm is paying $24,640 civil fine for failing to conduct inspections and mishandling hazardous waste Aluminum Extrusions agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. An Aug. 4 order published by the department says that Aluminum Extrusions broke permit terms by not making inspections or keeping […] [...]

Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted […] [...]

Cochran, Wicker petition for more time to mull EPA regulations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have endorsed an effort to give the public and stakeholders more time to comment on carbon emissions regulations being promoted by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cochran and Wicker are among 53 senators who signed a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that seeks a […] [...]

Judge rules for Fish and Wildlife Service in frog habitat case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were within the law when they declared thousands of acres in Louisiana and Mississippi as “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The case involved 1,544 acres in St. Tammany Parish and 5,000 acres in Mississippi named as critical habitat […] [...]

TVA retiring coal-fired power plant; to build gas-burning facility

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors today approved replacing the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tennessee, with a natural gas plant. Following an environmental review that received comments from more than 1,500 people, the board agreed to retire the 55-year-old coal plant and replace it with a 2-on-1, combined-cycle gas plant. […] [...]

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Scientists release thousands of red snapper on Ship Island reef

GULF OF MEXICO — More than 2,000 red snapper were recently released on an artificial reef south of Ship Island in order to produce more of this fish that is so popular along the Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab participated […] [...]

Oxford looking to develop campus-like ‘clean industry’

OXFORD — City of Oxford leaders say they hope a proposed new planning district will help the area attract high-tech companies and research firms. City Planner Andrea Correll tells The Oxford Eagle that Oxford is trying to promote “clean industry.” Correll says she is working with representatives from FNC Inc. and Oxford Enterprise to develop […] [...]

Sign-up underway for Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is again accepting applications for the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are partnering to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems where public […] [...]

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