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Hospital agrees to pay fine for mishandling hazardous waste

GULFPORT — A Gulfport hospital is paying an $87,000 fine for improperly handling hazardous waste. Garden Park Medical Center agreed in May to pay the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality $87,100 for violating 21 separate rules governing the storage and disposal of hazardous waste. A May 19 order published by the department said the violations were found in an August ...

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Severstal-Columbus fined for faulty pollution-control system

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company’s pollution-control monitors didn’t function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011. The company agreed to pay the fine May 12. It’s the largest environmental fine assessed by Mississippi since it fined Denbury Resources $662,500 last year over a 2011 oil well ...

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Walker sentenced to 18 months for fraud, conspiracy

HATTIESBURG — Ocean Springs businessman Scott Walker was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in defrauding the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the city of D’Iberville. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered Walker to pay $390,000 in restitution, the amount he admitted netting through the two schemes, and serve three years of supervised ...

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Bryant names new MDEQ director

Special to the MBJ Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. “Trudy has worked tirelessly in her capacity as executive director, ...

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Walker, Janus get jail time for misusing funds at DMR

HATTIESBURG — The former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources director yesterday was sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison and fined for helping steer $210,000 in federal money to buy out a waterfront lot owned by his son. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered 69-year-old Bill Walker to serve three years of supervised release. Walker must also ...

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MDEQ issues water contact advisories for Coast beaches

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued water contact advisories for five Coast sampling stations. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stretches of beach are: Station 7 — Pass Christian East Beach, ...

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EPA wants deep cut in state's carbon emissions from power plants

WASHINGTON — The federal government is proposing that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower by year 2030 compared to 2005. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states today as part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. Mississippi’s 2012 carbon emission rate was 1,130 pounds per megawatt ...

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Fisher stepping down as MDEQ executive director

Special to the MBBJ Trudy Fisher, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced today that she is leaving the agency this year. “I informed Gov. Bryant earlier today that I planned on stepping down from my position sometime late this summer,” Fisher said in a news release. “I feel good about where things are at MDEQ ...

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Greenwood, McComb, Natchez, Oxford gain MDEQ grants

Special to the MBJ Four community projects in the state have been awarded Regional Recycling Cooperative Grants by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The more than $1 million in grants will be used to fund regional cooperative recycling projects in Greenwood, McComb, Natchez and Oxford. Each of the grant recipients, along with their partner communities, will use the grant ...

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MDEQ assessing household hazardous waste in wake of tornadoes

LEE COUNTY and WINSTON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with officials and residents across the state to assist with storm damage and to provide guidance on the proper management of debris resulting from recent tornadoes. There are currently two household hazardous waste collection sites that will be provided for Lee County (Lee County Agri-center) ...

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