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River remains closed as oil spill cleanup continues

VICKSBURG — Barges transporting commerce idled among the nearly four-dozen vessels stacked up today along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River, denied transit as crews feverishly sought to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident. Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near Vicksburg ever since a barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil ...

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Neighborhoods still being tested for pollutants from plant

HATTIESBURG — Officials have been conducting testing at and near the former Hercules plant to determine whether contaminants have spread into surrounding neighborhoods. Testing is being conducted by officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency and Ashland Inc., Hercules’ parent company at wells within a half-mile radius of the former chemical plant as well as ...

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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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BP oil spill damage claims exceed $1B

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Businesses and individuals who claim BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company’s class-action settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys, court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau said. Juneau said the payments reached the $1-billion mark before the end of 2012. He also said ...

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Former mill owner charged after massive fish kill

PEARL RIVER — The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, La., for violating federal environmental laws. The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company’s paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011. A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in ...

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Judge approves $42.6M FEMA toxic-trailer settlement

GULF COAST — A federal judge gave his final approval yesterday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench after hearing from attorneys ...

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Ingalls pays for six years of portable toilet pollution

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has paid a $33,775 fine after a portable toilet dumped untreated waste into the East Pascagoula River for more than six years. Spokesman Bill Glenn says that the toilet station was connected to a storm drain at the Pascagoula shipyard after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, instead of to the sewer system. The unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries ...

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