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Impacts of BP oil spill continue

FILE - In this June 3, 2010 file photo by Charlie Riedel, a brown pelican covered in oil tries to raise its wings on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast following the explosion of Deepwater Horizon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

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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Agency announces $50M grant to restore wildlife habitat

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The United States Department of Agriculture says it will give about $50 million to help agricultural producers who want to restore and protect wildlife habitat for seven species, including the gopher tortoise in Mississippi. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a news release Monday that it’ll invest about $3.4 million on habitat restoration for the pine forest-dwelling gopher ...

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US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked, according to estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new  details about the extent of the problem.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem. Taylor Energy Company, which owned the platform and a cluster ...

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ELIZABETH BARBER — Putting Mississippi to work in a restoration economy

Every region in the country has an economy that is tied to specific sectors, and the Mississippi Coast is no different. A “cluster,” in economics, is a geographic concentration of interconnected industries and businesses in a specific field. In December 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal published a study looking at Mississippi’s “blue economy”: the cluster formed by maritime industries – ...

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Landfill pays $19,000 fine for late environmental reports

FAYETTE — A Jefferson County landfill is paying a $19,000 fine for submitting late monitoring reports. Riverbend Environmental Service agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The 489-acre landfill is located south of Fayette. A Dec. 19 order published by the department says that Riverbend broke permit terms by failing to submit four semi-annual monitoring ...

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After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping off their paper, plastic and ...

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85 endangered turtles being rehabbed on Gulf Coast

GULFPORT — Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild. Hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp’s ridley sea turtles have washed up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition — like human hypothermia — can be fatal. The Audubon Aquarium of the ...

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NG1 Technologies wins Grand Prize; receiving $200K in cash and services

OLIVE BRANCH — The Cleantech Open Southeast says regional finalist NG1 Technologies of Olive Branch has been recognized as the 2014 Cleantech Open National Accelerator Grand Prize Winner. NG1 Technologies will receive a cash and in-kind services prize worth $200,000. NG1 Technologies was recognized for its innovation and improvements to the retrofit exhaust system found on Class 8 tractor-trailers. The ...

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State lands environmental restoration grants for Coast projects

GULF COAST — Mississippi will spend a $28 million grant on three environmental restoration projects along the Gulf Coast. Gov. Phil Bryant said today that the money is coming from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Environmental Benefit Fund, which was created in 2013 as part of a settlement the U.S Justice Department reached with BP and Transocean to resolve ...

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GoMRI chooses USM for Gulf oil spill research

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing ...

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