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With tar balls still common, some question end of oil spill cleanup

GULF OF MEXICO — Finding tar balls linked to the BP oil spill isn’t difficult on some Gulf Coast beaches, but the company and the government say it isn’t common enough to keep sending out the crews that patrolled the sand for three years in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Tourist John Henson of Atlanta disagrees, particularly after going for a ...

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BP oil spill cleanup ends, but MDEQ still monitoring beaches

GULF OF MEXICO — The Gulf Coast Incident Management Team and the U.S. Coast Guard are transitioning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response back to the pre-spill National Response Center system, according to a release from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). “While the Coast Guard and the Gulf States have decided that it’s time to move toward scaling ...

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Agency sets opening date for 2013-2014 shrimping season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2013-14 shrimp season in Mississippi territorial waters for June 11 at 6 a.m. All regulations set forth in ordinances of the MDMR will be in full force and effect and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp from the waters of the ...

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MDEQ issues Coast beach advisories

HARRISON COUNTY — State officials are warning that the water along several stretches of beach in Harrison County may have high bacteria levels that could expose swimmers to an increased risk of illness. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a warning yesterday for two beach segments in Biloxi and Gulfport. Neither area has been closed to swimming. Officials issued ...

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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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Agency sets state's 2013 alligator-hunting season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will issue 920 lottery-based permits for seven hunting zones for the 2013 alligator season. The 10-day season runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9. A private lands season is also available to landowners whose properties meet specific qualifications within 28 open counties. Applications for the regular alligator season can ...

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New post-oil spill restoration plan lacks requirements

GULF OF MEXICO — There’s now a draft plan for using fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to restore the Gulf Coast’s natural resources and economy. But the document doesn’t include two items required by federal law: a 10-year allocation plan or a three-year priority list of projects and programs, The Times-Picayune reports. There are several reasons, ...

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EPA looking to minimize chemical releases during hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — As hurricane season approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations. This alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to operate facilities safely and report ...

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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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Hatchery releases largemouth bass fingerlings in three rivers

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) Lyman Fish Hatchery has released 49,592 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings in the Pascagoula, Tchoutacabouffa and Jordan rivers. The fish have a fast growth rate, growing up to three pounds a year and reaching weights of well over 10 pounds. “This release is a benefit to the fishery and to our ...

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