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MDEQ lifts beach closure following sewage spill last month

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has lifted a temporary water contact advisory issued Sept. 24 for Joe’s Bayou near Felicity Street in Bay St. Louis. The advisory was issued due to a sewer spill from a malfunctioning pump station. The advisory covered Joe’s Bayou and adjacent waters in the Bay of St. Louis from ...

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Simon Property Group honored for 'green' efforts

RIDGELAND — Simon Property Group Inc., a retail real estate company, has won two recent awards for its commitment to sustainability issues. Simon properties in Ridgeland include Northpark Mall. For the second consecutive year, SPG has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with inclusion in its select Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Once again SPG was the only ...

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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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Cochran says NOAA funding recommendations lack emphasis on Gulf

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has expressed strong concerns about funding recommendations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its “lack of emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico.” At a hearing to review FY2013 budget requests for the Department of Commerce, Cochran challenged recommendations to terminate NOAA research programs that support the ecology of ...

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Monster shrimp, monster problem

They sound like a shrimp-lover’s dream. Nearly-foot-long creatures that are beautifully marked and absolutely delectable. However, Asian tiger shrimp are proving a nightmare for researchers. The invasive specie is being found with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Since they have never reached the Gulf previously, scientists and the shrimping industry are worried and are calling on the public ...

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Shifting sand

Barrier islands’ health crucial to economy Two of the state’s four barrier islands, which are the keys to both the Coast’s ecology and economy, are in jeopardy, and state and federal agencies are now in a race with time and nature to reverse the damage. The operation is focused on the most threatened island, Ship Island, but authorities are also ...

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