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EPA chief defends agency approach

By JACK WEATHERLY After withholding the name of the keynote speaker for the Delta Council’s annual meeting last Friday, the group’s president revealed the day before that Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt was to be the speaker. The council initially said that it was going to honor the White House request to keep the speaker’s identity secret. But the ...

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Pearl River project for Jackson churns up opposition in Louisiana

A plan to build a dam on a river in Mississippi and create a lake is drawing fierce opposition. The goal of damming the Pearl River is to prevent flooding in the Jackson, Mississippi, area. The New Orleans Advocate reports that some of the strongest objections are coming from Louisiana. Environmental groups, commercial and recreational fishermen, and people who live in the ...

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Entergy gift of $150,000 to move Fannye Cook Natural Area closer to opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Move over Central Park. The 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Area along the Pearl River is Mississippi largest urban natural area–three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. A recent $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi will help move the natural area closer to opening. Wildlife Mississippi, a nonprofit conservation organization that owns and manages the Fannye ...

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Mississippi has growth potential where recycling programs are concerned

By JULIA MILLER Each day, Americans create 4 pounds of trash, and landfills fill up a little more. To help counter that, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is working with local governments to encourage recycling. “Across the state, our 60 percent of our residents have access to recycling services,” Jennifer Milner, MDEQ’s recycling coordinator, said. “Nationally, that number is ...

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Mississippi Grown Cut Flower Association to educate businesses

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT When one pictures Mississippi fragrant magnolias come to mind as well as seemingly endless fields of cotton.  Now picture those fields but with bright flowers from floral shops all over the South: peonies, Asiatic lilies, dahlias and even sunflowers for cutting to sell to florists.  Thus was born the state’s inaugural Mississippi Grown Cut Flower Association, ...

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‘Green’ paint easier to define than to find in a store

By BECKY GILLETTE It may be easier to define green paints than it is to purchase them. While there are green paints on the market, it can be difficult walking into a paint store and getting good information about which products are the most green, said Dr. James Rawlins, associate professor of polymer science at the University of Southern Mississippi ...

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MDA has alternative fuel vehicle loan funds available

By BECKY GILLETTE Currently the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has about $225,000 available in the Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving Loan Program dedicated to help fund the purchase of new alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and/or the infrastructure necessary to run these vehicles. The Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving (AFV) Loan ...

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Offshore revenue-sharing: $188M to 4 states, coast counties

Four Gulf of Mexico states and their coastal counties are getting nearly $188 million in revenue-sharing funds as the offshore leasing area s involved expand. The money must be used for coastal conservation, restoration and hurricane protection. An Interior Department news release Thursday says Louisiana is getting a total of about $82 million, with more than $50 million going to Texas, nearly $28 million to Mississippi ...

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Power surge leaves town operating water system by hand

MARION, Miss. — A power surge caused by a storm has forced a Mississippi town to operate its water system by hand. Marion Mayor Elvis Hudson tells WTOK-TV that he has been checking the system once every hour since the Saturday storm. Hudson compares hand operating the system to hand cranking a car. Hudson says a crew has been requested from Jackson ...

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Feds: Gulf states manage red snapper anglers for 2 years

States on the Gulf of Mexico can set recreational seasons this year and next for red snapper, a popular catch that’s still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing, the federal government said. The experimental permits will let Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and Texas track the catch, with each state closing its season when it reaches its quota, according to a Commerce ...

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