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Fuel spills into river at Mississippi ship builder

Hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a river in Mississippi after a mechanical error at a ship builder. WLOX-TV reported the fuel spilled into the mouth of the Pascagoula River from a ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says about 500 gallons of fuel spilled into the water early Saturday afternoon. The spill occurred ...

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EPA chief defends agency approach

By JACK WEATHERLY After withholding the name of the keynote speaker for the Delta Council’s annual meeting last Friday, the group’s president revealed the day before that Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt was to be the speaker. The council initially said that it was going to honor the White House request to keep the speaker’s identity secret. But the ...

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Pearl River project for Jackson churns up opposition in Louisiana

A plan to build a dam on a river in Mississippi and create a lake is drawing fierce opposition. The goal of damming the Pearl River is to prevent flooding in the Jackson, Mississippi, area. The New Orleans Advocate reports that some of the strongest objections are coming from Louisiana. Environmental groups, commercial and recreational fishermen, and people who live in the ...

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Entergy gift of $150,000 to move Fannye Cook Natural Area closer to opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Move over Central Park. The 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Area along the Pearl River is Mississippi largest urban natural area–three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. A recent $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi will help move the natural area closer to opening. Wildlife Mississippi, a nonprofit conservation organization that owns and manages the Fannye ...

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Mississippi has growth potential where recycling programs are concerned

By JULIA MILLER Each day, Americans create 4 pounds of trash, and landfills fill up a little more. To help counter that, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is working with local governments to encourage recycling. “Across the state, our 60 percent of our residents have access to recycling services,” Jennifer Milner, MDEQ’s recycling coordinator, said. “Nationally, that number is ...

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Mississippi Grown Cut Flower Association to educate businesses

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT When one pictures Mississippi fragrant magnolias come to mind as well as seemingly endless fields of cotton.  Now picture those fields but with bright flowers from floral shops all over the South: peonies, Asiatic lilies, dahlias and even sunflowers for cutting to sell to florists.  Thus was born the state’s inaugural Mississippi Grown Cut Flower Association, ...

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MDA has alternative fuel vehicle loan funds available

By BECKY GILLETTE Currently the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has about $225,000 available in the Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving Loan Program dedicated to help fund the purchase of new alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and/or the infrastructure necessary to run these vehicles. The Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving (AFV) Loan ...

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