Posts Tagged ‘pollution’

BP oil spill leaves Rhode Island-sized ring on bottom of Gulf floor

GULF OF MEXICO — The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of […] [...]

Senators write letter over Waters of the United States proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The new agriculture rule released in conjunction with the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal could fundamentally alter interaction between farmers and the federal government and should be immediately withdrawn, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee asserted yesterday. Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Cochran, Republican […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Scientist: Gulf dead zone’s size ‘about average’ this year

GULF OF MEXICO — The dead zone — an area off Louisiana where there’s too little oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico to keep sea creatures alive — is about average this year and currently the size of Connecticut, a veteran scientist reported yesterday. The dead zone covered about 5,050 square miles as of Aug. […] [...]

Mississippi Power, Sierra Club reach settlement in Kemper plant case

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County. The company and the Sierra Club announced yesterday that they are ending […] [...]

Severstal-Columbus fined for faulty pollution-control system

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company’s pollution-control monitors didn’t function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011. The company agreed to pay the fine May 12. It’s the largest environmental fine assessed by Mississippi since it fined Denbury Resources $662,500 last year […] [...]

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