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Bacteria found in Mississippi waters prompts beach closure

Environmental officials in Mississippi are warning beachgoers that some coastal swimming areas will be closed after bacteria were found in the water. The state Environmental Quality Department announced Thursday that enterococcus bacteria have been found along a west Gulfport shore, posing an increased risk of illness. The Sun Herald reports that waters are closed from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue. ...

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Louisiana hopes to fight coast erosion by mimicking nature

IRONTON, La. — Back when the Mississippi River flowed wild, its ever-shifting waters acted as a continent-sized earth mover, picking up sand and dirt from the North, depositing it in the Delta region and eventually creating the land that is now south Louisiana. Thousands of years later, the mighty river is held in check with man-made levees and flood-control systems. ...

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Oil cleanup continues after fatal storage tank explosion

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is cleaning up an oil spill that accompanied a deadly explosion on Friday. Randy Ducksworth Sr. has been identified as the man who died after two storage tanks exploded in Wayne County. WDAM-TV reports an investigation into the cause is ongoing. Powers Fire and Rescue Capt. Lance Chancellor says four other workers were present ...

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$2B Tenn-Tom Waterway yet to yield promised boom

More than a century in the making, the 234-mile (376-kilometer) Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of “orderly growth and prosperity” when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South. It hasn’t worked out that way. Delayed for decades by environmental concerns and detractors who called the project a boondoggle, the $2 billion ...

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Waste Management rebuts city on recycling; firms step into breach

By JACK WEATHERLY Waste Management of Mississippi Inc. adamantly denied in a recent prepared statement that any of the recyclable materials that it had picked up for the city of Jackson had ended up in the city landfill, contrary to statements attributed to the Jackson public works director. The city broke off its contract with Waste Management effective Sept. 1. ...

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Seraphim Solar target of lawsuits

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA said in October 2018 that it was shutting down to retool and triple its production of photovoltaic panels at its Jackson plant. At that time, the manufacturer told at least three installers that the panels would be delivered and the installers prepaid for them. A company spokesman told Pv magazine in October 2018 ...

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Alligator hunting season opens Friday in Mississippi

Mississippi’s 2019 alligator season officially opens Friday at noon. WLBT-TV reports the season will open for 10 days and will close at noon on Monday, Sept. 9. A total of 960 permits in seven hunting zones across the state were offered in two random drawings. This is the 15th year of public waterway alligator hunting in the state and wildlife ...

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US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissions

Oil and gas companies could face far looser oversight of emissions of potent climate-changing methane gas under a proposal expected from the Trump administration as soon as Thursday, oil industry and environmental groups said. The government’s plan would ease requirements on oil and gas sites to monitor for methane leaks and plug them. The Environmental Protection Agency’s move would be ...

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Remembering Hurricane Camille 50 years later

Hurricanes Camille and Katrina were as different as night and day, yet those who lived through both storms say the two were similar in many ways. Saturday, Aug. 17 (was) the 50th anniversary of Camille and Aug. 29 will be 14 years since Katrina. “Camille was a Sunday Storm,” said Rupert Lacy, now emergency management director for Harrison County. He ...

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Judge rules lawsuit over oilfield waste can proceed

A Mississippi judge says a lawsuit over oilfield waste can move forward. Jones County Circuit Court Judge Dal Williamson ruled Monday that Tae and Diedra Baucum can sue a number of companies including Petro Harvester Oil & Gas. WDAM-TV reports the Baucums allege waste buried nearby has leached into the Baucum property and contaminated it. Monday’s ruling allows the family ...

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