Tag Archives: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

Bryant names new MDEQ director

July 2, 2014

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Special to the MBJ Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. “Trudy has worked tirelessly in […]

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Fisher stepping down as MDEQ executive director

May 28, 2014

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Special to the MBBJ Trudy Fisher, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced today that she is leaving the agency this year. “I informed Gov. Bryant earlier today that I planned on stepping down from my position sometime late this summer,” Fisher said in a news release. “I feel good about […]

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Greenwood, McComb, Natchez, Oxford gain MDEQ grants

May 22, 2014

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Special to the MBJ Four community projects in the state have been awarded Regional Recycling Cooperative Grants by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The more than $1 million in grants will be used to fund regional cooperative recycling projects in Greenwood, McComb, Natchez and Oxford. Each of the grant recipients, along with their partner […]

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MDEQ: Claim of incomplete permit review for silicon plant a ‘guise’ by competitor

February 17, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says an Alabama silicon manufacturer’s claim the state agency erred in granting an operating permit to competitor Mississippi Silicon Metals lacks merit. Selma-based Alabama Globe Metallurgical Inc. has asked for a formal evidentiary hearing before the MDEQ’s Permit Board. Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive […]

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Competitor of Miss. Silcon wants new review of Burnsville plant’s emissions permit

February 12, 2014

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SELMA, Alabama – An Alabama competitor of Mississippi Silicon Metals LLC has filed a petition to challenge the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit granted for the company’s $200 million “greenfield” plant in Tishomingo County’s Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (GMI), which employs about 100 people at its silicon metal plant in Selma, filed the petition. GMI is […]

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Mississippi DEQ wants your ideas for Environmental Justice conference

January 10, 2014

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The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking suggestions on speakers and topics for Environmental Justice conference the state agency is sponsoring this year to recognize the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The conference will bring together communities, non-profit organizations, researchers, businesses, healthcare professionals, state and local government and […]

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MDEQ offers new way to give ideas on post-oil spill restoration

October 20, 2013

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There is new, convenient way to chime in thoughts and ideas on how to revitalize the Gulf Coast in the after math of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has created a web site — www.restore.ms — where the public can submit ideas. MDEQ executive director Trudi Fisher says MDEQ […]

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Kay Whittington to head MDEQ Office of Land and Water Resources Resources

October 7, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Kay Whittington, veteran staff member of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and current chief of  basin management, has been named director of the Office of Land and Water Resources. She is currently chief of the Basin Management Branch in MDEQ’s Surface Water Division Whittington replaces Richard Ingram who retires Oct. 31. […]

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Mississippi State designated Center of Excellence for Watershed Management

April 9, 2013

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Mississippi State University has been designated a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management, becoming the 10th such institution in the Southeast. Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to help communities identify watershed-based problems and develop and […]

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