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Board sets date for release of part of oil spill report

NEW ORLEANS — A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5. The Chemical Safety Board said in a news release that the focus of its investigation is to prevent such accidents in the future. […] [...]

Chaney drops lawsuit against National Flood Insurance Program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be withdrawn pending the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of a new law passed by Congress “intended to alleviate some of the draconian rate increases facing Mississippi homeowners,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney said. Chaney and the Mississippi Insurance […] [...]

Senators push FEMA to implement flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) have sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting a meeting to discuss a plan to implement the recently passed flood insurance reform law and reinstating rates as Congress intended. The senators want Fugate […] [...]

Cochran questions EPA over forest roads, flood control

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency can be more cooperative in dealing with other agencies when assessing environmental matters related to forests and flood control projects. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2015 budget request for the EPA. Cochran offered questions […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Cochran pushing USDA for Critical Conservation Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has suggested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture consider designating the Lower Mississippi River Valley as one of the Critical Conservation Areas established in the 2014 farm bill to more efficiently promote soil, water and habitat conservation programs on a regional level. Cochran, the ranking Republican on […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Concerns still high about possible flood insurance hikes

GREENVILLE — Henry Nathaniel has escaped the rising tide of flood insurance costs for now, but he’s still worried. The retired 70-year-old owns a 1,650-square-foot house valued at less than $50,000 on Greenville’s north side. He was already paying a relatively steep $550 a year to the National Flood Insurance Program. Then he got a […] [...]

Congress passes bill that eases flood insurance premium hikes

WASHINGTON — Less than two years after passing major legislation aimed at reforming the government’s much-criticized flood insurance program, Congress yesterday sent President Barack Obama a bill to scale back many of the resulting big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The measure would also allow below-market insurance rates to […] [...]

Cochran seeking commitment from DHS for data center consolidation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is seeking confirmation that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to programs that promote cost savings while still meeting the nation’s domestic security needs — specifically pointing to the data center consolidation project at Stennis Space Center and advanced funding for U.S. Coast Guard ship […] [...]

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