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MDEQ lifts numerous beach closures; issues new one

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has lifted several post-Hurricane Isaac beach closures on the Coast, but issued a new one for a stretch of beach in Biloxi. MDEQ has lifted beach closures issued August 31 for the following monitoring stations in Hancock and Harrison counties: • Station 1 — Lakeshore Beach near Lakeshore Drive ...

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Town to use sales tax collections to pay off loan from state

SUMMIT — The Summit Town Council has agreed to divert more than $7,000 in monthly sales tax revenues to pay off a $1.4-million debt to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which is bankrolling the town’s new wastewater treatment facility. Town Clerk Pat Whittington tells the Enterprise-Journal DEQ officials stipulated in their loan agreement with the town that the monthly ...

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Capital City to pay $400M after dumping sewage in river

JACKSON — The city of Jackson has agreed to spend $400 million to make sewer improvements and to pay fines to the Environmental Protection Agency for releasing more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage into the Pearl River system over the last four years. The city council approved the consent decree with the EPA yesterday. Details will come ...

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Report: City dumping billions of gallons of sewage into river

JACKSON — The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage — enough to fill four NFL stadiums — into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Analysis of reports filed with the state Department of Environmental Quality indicate that Jackson bypassed treatment at its Savannah Street Wastewater ...

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Work underway on transit complex, treatment plant

NATCHEZ — Work is underway at the site of the future Natchez transit facility. The Natchez Democrat reports crews with Paul Jackson Construction of Brookhaven are removing a fence, concrete slab and shed from the site, formerly the location of A-B Motor Company. The crews also have 7,000 yards of dirt that has to be removed from the site. The ...

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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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MDEQ lifts nearly week-old Coast beach closure

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted beach closure issued July 19 for Station 12A. The station is located on Biloxi West Central Beach near Rodenburg Avenue. The closure was from Travia Street east to Iberville Drive. Water samples show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels, MDEQ reports. The Gulf ...

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MDEQ closes beach; lightning could have caused contamination

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a precautionary beach closure for one sampling station in Harrison County. The area of the closure is at Station 12A, Biloxi West Central Beach near Rodenburg Avenue.  The extent is from Travia Street east to Iberville Drive. The city of Biloxi reported to MDEQ ...

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Officials: Katrina recovery-funded infrastructure will be used

JACKSON COUNTY — The Jackson County Utility Authority has spent its Hurricane Katrina recovery project funds on water and wastewater projects that will be well utilized across the county, leaders say. An Associated Press investigation revealed that the Harrison County Utility Authority used millions of dollars to build sewage plants that are underused or sitting completely idle. That’s not a ...

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MDEQ opens one Coast beach, lifts advisory on another

BILOXI and GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a preemptive beach closure issued March 19 for a station in Biloxi: • Station 11A — which extends from Eisenhower Drive westward to Debuys Road — and also continued west to Mockingbird Lane. The City of Biloxi has repaired the issue at the ...

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