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BP wants wants cut in oil spill settlement budget

NEW ORLEANS — BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111-million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing yesterday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau refused to cut his office’s fourth-quarter budget […] [...]

Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by […] [...]

Lab owner sentenced to prison for falsifying wastewater figures

WATER VALLEY — An environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after being convicted of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson sentenced Tennie White to 40 months during a hearing yesterday. White was the sole operator of Mississippi […] [...]

MDEQ reopens Bayou Casotte after spill kills fish

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has reopened Bayou Casotte and nearby waters in the Mississippi Sound to fishing and to swimming and other water contact. The department says it closed the bayou and the sound within 1,000 feet of the bayou’s mouth on Aug. 19, after a fish kill linked to low-pH […] [...]

MDEQ monitoring bayou cleanup after discharge kills fish

JACKSON COUNTY — The fish kill caused by low pH levels in Bayou Casotte has left a mess, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi Phosphates Corp. are working to clean up the bayou. MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur tells The Sun Herald the agency is monitoring the cleanup and will let residents know […] [...]

City hopes to land grant to clean up contaminated site

GAUTIER — Petroleum contaminated sites would be prime candidates for a revitalization program if Gautier city officials are successful in obtaining a $400,000 brownfield’s grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Jymalyn Redmond of the Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood firm is assisting the city in preparing its application. Mayor Gordon Gollott tells The Mississippi Press […] [...]

New mayor proposes rate, tax hikes in Capital City

JACKSON — Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has proposed sweeping water and sewer rate hikes and a one-time tax increase that together will raise more than $36 million in new revenue. In his remarks to the Jackson City Council yesterday, Lumumba repeatedly returned to the theme of doing what is necessary, instead of what is politically convenient. […] [...]

Fish kill prompts MDEQ to shut down Bayou Casotte

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has issued a fishing and water contact closure for Bayou Casotte and the adjacent waters of the Mississippi Sound within 1,000 feet of the mouth of the bayou. MDEQ staff yesterday investigated a fish kill in Bayou Casotte in Jackson County and issued the closure. Officials […] [...]

Judge sets deadline for oil spill claims administrator to respond to BP allegations

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents. In an order yesterday, […] [...]

Agency issues more beach advisories on Coast

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

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