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MDEQ lifts advisories on three stretches of beach

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted three water contact advisories issued May 31. The cleared stations are: • Station 8 — Gulfport West (from Maria Avenue east to Camp Avenue • Station 9 — Gulfport Harbor Beach (from 20th Avenue east to Thornton Avenue • Station 10 — Gulfport Central ...

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IP subsidiary fined $3.3M for Pearl River fish kill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish. Equipment malfunctioned at the mill, which makes containerboard, allowing an untreated plume of a substance ...

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Sewer spill prompts MDEQ advisory for Coast bayou

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a temporary water contact advisory for Joe’s Bayou near Felicity Street in Bay St. Louis. The advisory is issued due to a city-reported sewer spill, which occurred Sunday night from a malfunctioning pump station. The City of Bay St. Louis has stopped the overflow and is working ...

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Bill exempting small farms from fuel storage regs passes Senate

WASHINGTON — Legislation to exempt small farms from Environmental Protection Agency fuel storage requirements has been incorporated into the Senate-passed Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA), according to a release from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Senate passed WRDA legislation (S.601), and with it also approved all the provisions included in the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act ...

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Foodservice company draws MDEQ fine for wastewater

PEARL — A foodservice company is paying an $18,000 civil fine for dumping wastewater into Jackson’s sewer system for 11 years without a permit. Valley Services agreed in March to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. An order published by the department says the company’s Pearl facility has been discharging wastewater since 2001. Jackson’s sewer system ...

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Advisory lifted on stretch of Hancock County beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory for a stretch of beach in Hancock County. MDEQ has cleared Station 4 — Bay St. Louis, which extends from the box culvert to Ballantine Street. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria ...

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More segments of beach closed due to water quality issues

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued water contact advisories for five 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 stations are: • Station 1 — Lakeshore (from the Silver Slipper ...

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Water advisory issued on Coast bayou after fuel spill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a temporary water contact advisory for Dutch Bayou in Moss Point. The advisory was issued due to a fuel spill from the Pilot Travel Center located at 6705 Highway 63. MDEQ Emergency Response and Underground Storage Tank staff and local emergency officials are onsite monitoring the cleanup ...

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College, university partner on water quality initiative

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Representatives from Pearl River Community College (PRCC) and Mississippi State University (MSU) met recently with state and federal environmental and conservation officials at the MSU campus in Biloxi to discuss a partnership that will expand voluntary efforts to achieve water quality improvements along the Gulf Coast and train PRCC Honors Institute students to monitor water quality ...

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USDA to spend $59M on Mississippi River initiative

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s spending another $59 million this year on an initiative that works with farmers and other landowners to reduce pollution in the Mississippi River basin. The agency says the new funding raises its total investment in the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds initiative to about $289 million since 2010. The initiative ...

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