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$134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

JACKSON — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they’re proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin. The ...

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Hattiesburg wastewater treatment system could cost $152M

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg could be looking at about $152.5 million over the next three years or so for a fully-mechanical wastewater treatment system that would continue to discharge into the Leaf River. In a presentation Tuesday night to the Hattiesburg City Council and Mayor Johnny DuPree, The Hattiesburg American reports Neel-Schaffer engineer Nathan Husman offered four fully-mechanical ...

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Summit explores efficient water usage across the Delta

STONEVILLE — Mississippi’s agricultural industry is not going about “business as usual” above ground while the underground water supplies decline every year. More than 200 farmers, ag consultants, natural resource professionals and others with connections to agriculture met at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center on Dec. 10 to review options. The Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task ...

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Residents of Gulfport to pay more for water, sewer

GULFPORT — City of Gulfport residents may pay 5 percent more in water bills to pay for infrastructure improvements. Yesterday, the city council passed a $30 million bond with $20 million of it going into water, sewer and drainage improvements. “We have a lot of infrastructure in the ground that’s 50-years-old and older. We’ve had flooding in the city in ...

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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes ...

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Water association sues PSC over waiver for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — The Mississippi Rural Water Association has sued the state Public Service Commission in federal court, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with federal law when it required a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by the association, which has more than 1,000 members ...

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State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis

JACKSON — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state. The Supreme Court yesterday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the No. 2 official in the ...

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PSC sticks to order allowing domestic violence victims to delay utility deposits

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won’t reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days, setting up a possible legal showdown over the regulator’s authority over rural water association and electrical cooperatives. The commission voted 3-0 yesterday to deny a request from rural water associations and electrical cooperatives to rehear the ...

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State renews water fight with city of Memphis

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are renewing allegations that Memphis is stealing water from the state. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 2010 to consider a similar claim. The Commercial Appeal reports that Mississippi is seeking at least $615 million in damages. That’s less than half the previous claim of $1.3 billion. Mississippi alleges that Memphis’ wells have created “cones of ...

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Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted by North Dakota Commissioner of ...

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