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Recycle group selects its best

By BECKY GILLETTE Recycling makes good sense to protect the environment and reduce waste disposal costs whether at a small city, a county or one of the largest manufacturers in the state. The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) recently presented the 2016 Environmental Hero Awards as Recyclers of the Year to five organizations in the state including the City of Morton, ...

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Environment a natural fit for Baker

By NASH NUNNERY Dallas Baker developed a deep connection with nature growing up in the Oxford area.  He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and became environmentally conscious virtually in the hills of his own backyard. “As a kid in the 1970s, there seemed to be illegal dumps everywhere, at least around where I lived,” he said. “Just a ...

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Mississippi sues firms, saying they polluted the environment

Mississippi’s attorney general is suing companies it accuses of dumping toxic chemicals in Grenada and Water Valley that polluted the groundwater and air. The attorney general’s office filed two lawsuits Friday after outcry from residents and a U.S. congressman, The Clarion-Ledger reported. One lawsuit filed in Grenada County alleges that a Grenada plant which manufactured hubcaps dumped cancer-causing Trichloroethylene (TCE) ...

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House balks at Senate plan for oil spill damage account

Mississippi lawmakers may be unable to decide this year how to spend $750 million in oil spill damage payments, with sniping between House and Senate members after a bill died at a Tuesday deadline for action when the House Appropriations Committee didn’t bring it up. House members from Mississippi’s coast said Senate Bill 2634 didn’t have the detailed structure they wanted to ...

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MSU: Rice farmers can get same yield with 1/3 less water

Some rice farmers can use much less water and get the same yield by flooding their fields at the start and end of the season, and letting them dry out a bit in between, Mississippi State University researchers say. That’s a radical change from recommendations across the Rice Belt to keep two to four inches of water in the fields, ...

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Impacts of BP oil spill continue

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

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

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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