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PPM Consultants adds Hess

Jere “Trey” Hess, former Chief of the Groundwater Assessment and Remediation Division for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, has accepted a position as Director of Brownfields and Economic Development with PPM Consultants in Jackson. Hess spent nearly 24 years with MDEQ after studying mechanical engineering and business at Mississippi State University. Hess holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical ...

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Ziegler joins Waggoner

Jennifer Sloan Ziegler has joined Waggoner Engineering as an engineering intern in the firm’s water resources and coastal programs department. Ziegler will lend her water resources and coastal restoration research experience in the Gulf of Mexico region, combined with her environmental and public policy expertise, to serve Waggoner’s state and local agency clients on environment and infrastructure programs and projects. ...

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Mississippi set to get first $150M from oil spill settlement

Mississippi is about to receive the first $150 million for economic damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Attorney General Jim Hood says the payment from BP is expected Friday. Under a multistate oil spill settlement, Mississippi is to receive almost $2.2 billion. About $1.5 billion is for environmental restoration and economic development. The Legislature will decide how ...

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MSU landscape architect honored

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Academic Excellence Foundation has named a Mississippi State landscape architecture associate professor Tim Schauwecker as the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year. As a scientist in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Schauwecker recently helped one of the largest global automotive manufacturers take steps to benefit the environment. His work at Toyota Motor ...

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300 gallons of diesel spill at Port of Gulfport

Environmental officials say they expect no more problems after 300 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled at the state Port of Gulfport’s East Pier. About 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard was notified there had been a spill at the Gulfport Harbor. Lt. Elizabeth Tatum tells The Sun Herald the spill occurred during the transfer of fuel from a barge ...

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Southern Miss sets up new marine education, research program

The University of Southern Mississippi is hoping to step up its place in marine education and research with the formation of a new school. The School of Ocean Science and Technology, housed within the College of Science and Technology, brings together marine-related research and education programs under one administration and harnesses elements from key areas of the university including the ...

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Katrina whistleblower suit to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court

By JACK WEATHERLY An appeal of a whistleblower suit ruling against State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. over wind and flood damage linked to Hurricane Katrina will be heard, the U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday. The 5th  U.S. District Court of Appeals in New Orleans on July 13 reversed the U.S. District Court in Gulfport ruling denying the plaintiffs ...

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Grant given to finalize some plans for oil spill money

Mississippi has been awarded $1.4 million to finalize part of its Gulf restoration plans after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Director Gary Rickard says it’s the first grant awarded to any state under the federal RESTORE Act. The funding will be used to finish plans for projects using about 30 percent of the ...

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Impacts of BP oil spill continue

By BECKY GILLETTE The National Wildlife Federation report, 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and How We Can Restore the Gulf of Mexico, includes these key findings: *Nearly all of the populations of dolphins and whales in the oiled area were found to have demonstrable, quantifiable injuries. *In the five years after the disaster, more than ...

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BP oil spill settlement paves the way for recovery progress

By BECKY GILLETTE The Deepwater Horizon oil spill court settlement between BP and the government reached April 4—just a couple weeks before the sixth anniversary of the world’s largest oil spill disaster—opens the way for millions of dollars being allocated for projects on the Mississippi Gulf Coast designed to compensate for the environmental damages. There are three different funding streams ...

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