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U.S. Interior Department activity contributes $1.7B to Mississippi economy

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2018. The report highlights Interior activities covering conventional and renewable energy, recreation, non-fuel minerals, irrigation, and conservation that resulted in $315 billion in economic output and supported 1.8 million jobs during the year – ...

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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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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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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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Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is running far higher than normal this hurricane season, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways. One continuing concern is the massive volume of water that for months has been pushing against levees protecting a city that’s mostly below sea level. The Mississippi River is well above average this week at ...

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El Nino fades so forecasters expect busier hurricane season

Government meteorologists say this year’s hurricane season may be busier than initially expected now that summer’s weak El Nino has faded away. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday the Atlantic season looks more active than normal as peak hurricane season begins. Forecasters now expect 10 to 17 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes and ...

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Columbus home becomes state’s first eScore 10

By MARY POLLITZ / The Commercial Dispatch COLUMBUS — As bad luck would have it, Jamie Alford’s air conditioner started losing its gumption last summer, and she knew costly repairs were coming soon. Taking on a larger project, she decided to improve more than just her air conditioner and become more energy efficient. After $15,000 in upgrades, Alford and her ...

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Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration replacement rule, expected as soon as this week, instead would give individual states wide discretion to decide whether to require ...

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Company to pay $3.5M after Mississippi, Alabama oil spills

An oil company has agreed to pay federal and Mississippi regulators $3.5 million in penalties and do more to prevent oil spills under a legal settlement filed last week. Federal and state regulators sued Denbury Resources of Plano, Texas, on Thursday, and filed a proposed consent decree at the same time. Members of the public have 30 days to comment ...

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