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MDEQ lifts three beach advisories, issues new one

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted several Gulf Coast beach water contact advisories. The advisories were lifted for: • Station 1 — Lakeshore, which extends from the Sliver Slipper Casino east to the jetty west of Poinset Avenue • Station 2 — Buccaneer State Park • Station 15 ...

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MDEQ lifts one Gulf Coast beach advisory

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted one water contact advisory issued March 1. The advisory has been lifted for Station 10-Gulfport Central, which extends from Alfonso Drive east to the old VA entrance. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels. A list of stations ...

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Agency lifts advisories on three Coast beaches

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has lifted three water contact advisories issued Feb. 15 for Coast beaches. The agency did not close the beaches. The following stations have been cleared by the MDEQ: ● Station 3 (Waveland Beach — from Oak Boulevard east to Favre Street) ● Station 4 (Bay St. Louis Beach — from ...

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Boats creep by as oil cleanup continues on Mississippi

VICKSBURG — Water vessels were moving cautiously today through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge was leaking oil as Coast Guard officials attempted to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation’s vital commerce routes. Crews on Wednesday began pumping oil from the leaking barge onto another barge — a process known as lightering ...

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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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Attorney named judge for new environmental court

NATCHEZ — Local attorney Anthony Heidelberg has been selected as judge for the city’s new environmental court. The Natchez Democrat reports the environmental court will operate similar to a traffic court and will hear violations for nuisance properties, abandoned vehicles, littering and similar offenses. The city had been looking at ways to prosecute litter violation cases faster. Heidelberg said the ...

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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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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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New trial set for developer accused of filling wetlands

HANCOCK COUNTY — A new trial date has been set for an Alabama real estate developer accused of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally filling wetlands near Bay St. Louis. William R. Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., was set for trial Feb. 4 on an 11-count indictment. Attorney Gaines Cleveland, in a written motion, has asked a federal judge to ...

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