Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Beekeepers get exemption to use mite-fighting HopGuard II

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval of an emergency exemption that will allow Mississippi beekeepers access to a miticide to help control varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies. The product receiving emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products. […] [...]

Coast officials have concerns over definition of ‘waters’

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County officials fear a newly proposed federal definition of “waters” could require them to get permits to clean out ditches and drainage areas and delay responses to neighborhood flooding. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking to clarify which waters or wetlands would trigger federal requirements, […] [...]

MDEQ assessing household hazardous waste in wake of tornadoes

LEE COUNTY and WINSTON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with officials and residents across the state to assist with storm damage and to provide guidance on the proper management of debris resulting from recent tornadoes. There are currently two household hazardous waste collection sites that will be provided for […] [...]

EPA, Justice Department to meet about former Kerr-McGee site

COLUMBUS — The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice will host a meeting today in Columbus on the cleanup of the old Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant. The EPA is putting $68 million into cleaning up the 90-acre site that was shut down in 2003, as well as other places where creosote is located. In […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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