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Former mill owner charged after massive fish kill

PEARL RIVER — The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, La., for violating federal environmental laws. The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company’s paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011. A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in ...

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Source of persistent oil sheen in Gulf remains a mystery

GULF OF MEXICO — Underwater inspections at the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig disaster have failed to identify the source of a persistent sheen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, officials said yesterday. The Coast Guard and BP both said the recent inspections confirmed that the company’s Macondo well, which blew out in April 2010 and spawned ...

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After two-year-closure, state lake ready for re-stocking

SALTILLO — It may not look ready, but according to state wildlife officials, Lake Lamar Bruce is ready to be stocked with fish — very small bluegill and redear sunfish as well as catfish fingerlings. “Tupelo Fish Hatchery and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks have partnered to raise the fish to put back into Lamar Bruce,” said MDWFP’s ...

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Four sites in state have no coal ash spill hazard rating

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four years after a massive coal ash spill in East Tennessee, environmental conservation groups have launched an interactive website and map that shows the location and hazard risks for coal ash sites at 100 power plants throughout the Southeast. The website, www.southeastcoalash.org, is a project of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Appalachian Voices, Southern Environmental Law ...

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Group releasing hundreds of fingerlings onto reefs

GULF OF MEXICO — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and Aqua Green, LLC are partnering to produce popular recreational fish such as spotted seatrout, red snapper and cobia for release into Mississippi waters. The group is releasing hundreds of red snapper fingerlings onto offshore artificial reefs this week. The ...

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MDEQ fines International Paper, Timber Products plants

REDWOOD and CORINTH — International Paper Co. is paying a $38,250 civil fine for failing to label used oil tanks and exceeding air pollution limits from a lime kiln. The company, based in Memphis, Tenn., agreed in September to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. An order published by the department says the company emitted too ...

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BP banned from new contracts in the Gulf by EPA

GULF OF MEXICO — The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP today, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The action by the Environmental Protection Administration won’t affect current contracts, but prevents BP and its affiliates from new government contracts ...

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NOAA scraps plan to require turtle excluder devices

GULF OF MEXICO — New regulations that would have forced shrimpers in the bays and marshes of the Gulf of Mexico to install devices on their nets to save endangered sea turtles have been scrapped by federal officials. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is withdrawing plans by its fisheries service to require “turtle excluder devices” for small ...

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Many who opted out of BP settlement made invalid requests

NEW ORLEANS — Only about half the businesses and individuals who asked to be excluded from a proposed settlement over BP’s 2010 oil spill submitted valid requests, the company and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys said in a court filing. A maximum of 13,123 potential claimants submitted valid opt-out requests by a Nov. 1 deadline, the filing says. A total ...

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Lab lands grant to examine effects of BP oil spill

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory is receiving funding to support an enhanced multi-state research program examining effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. The award is among 19 grants out of 629 letters of intent announced recently by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Approximately $20 million will be awarded to researchers over ...

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