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City suing Hercules for pollution at shuttered plant site

HATTIESBURG — The City of Hattiesburg is suing Hercules Inc. and parent company Ashland Inc., claiming groundwater contamination from a closed factory may leach into the city’s water supply. The city filed suit Thursday in federal court in Hattiesburg. “The city is exercising its right and taking the opportunity to protect its citizens and protecting revenues it may cost to ...

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MDEQ lifts advisories on three stretches of beach

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted three water contact advisories issued May 31. The cleared stations are: • Station 8 — Gulfport West (from Maria Avenue east to Camp Avenue • Station 9 — Gulfport Harbor Beach (from 20th Avenue east to Thornton Avenue • Station 10 — Gulfport Central ...

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Sewer spill prompts MDEQ advisory for Coast bayou

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a temporary water contact advisory for Joe’s Bayou near Felicity Street in Bay St. Louis. The advisory is issued due to a city-reported sewer spill, which occurred Sunday night from a malfunctioning pump station. The City of Bay St. Louis has stopped the overflow and is working ...

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More segments of beach closed due to water quality issues

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued water contact advisories for five sampling stations. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stations are: • Station 1 — Lakeshore (from the Silver Slipper ...

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Lab owner's attorney: No plans to use pay-back defense

WATER VALLEY — A defense lawyer for a laboratory owner says she had no plans to suggest that her client was targeted for prosecution because of her environmental activism. Abby Brumley made the statement yesterday in a filing for Tennie White in U.S. District Court in Jackson. White owns Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. She was indicted Nov. 7 on ...

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Investigators testing neighborhoods for pollutants

HATTIESBURG — State and federal agencies are testing neighborhoods around a former chemical plant in Hattiesburg for possible pollution. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency and Ashland Inc., Hercules’ parent company, have drilled test wells within a half-mile of the plant, the Hattiesburg American reported. The wells are drilled in the path that water flows underground, MDEQ ...

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Justice reaches $1.4B settlement with Transocean for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — The Justice Department has reached a $1.4-billion settlement with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say Switzerland-based Transocean would pay the money to resolve the department’s civil ...

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Lawsuit brought against former Hercules plant over pollution

HATTIESBURG — Eleven plaintiffs, including a Hattiesburg church, have filed a lawsuit in an ongoing dispute over pollution from the old Hercules facility. Ashland Inc. of Covington, Ky., purchased Hercules in 2008. It has not yet responded to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Hattiesburg. Local residents have complained for years about pollution from the plant. Opening in 1923, ...

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MDEQ lifts numerous post-Isaac beach closures

HARRISON COUNTY and JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has lifted numerous beach closures issued Aug. 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac for monitoring stations in Harrison and Jackson counties. The reopened beaches in Harrison County are: • Station 8-Gulfport West — west end at Marie Avenue to the east end at Camp Avenue • Station ...

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