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Report: City dumping billions of gallons of sewage into river

JACKSON — The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage — enough to fill four NFL stadiums — into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Analysis of reports filed with the state Department of Environmental Quality indicate that Jackson bypassed treatment at its Savannah Street Wastewater ...

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Officials delay decision on contract for marina/harbor

BAY ST. LOUIS — Officials have delayed for at least two weeks a decision on awarding a contract for a $21 million marina and harbor project. The Sea Coast Echo reports the bids for the harbor project were accepted six weeks ago. The low bidder was Gill’s Crane and Dozer Service of Slidell, La., with a bid of $21.6 million, ...

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MDEQ lifts numerous post-Isaac beach closures

HARRISON COUNTY and JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has lifted numerous beach closures issued Aug. 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac for monitoring stations in Harrison and Jackson counties. The reopened beaches in Harrison County are: • Station 8-Gulfport West — west end at Marie Avenue to the east end at Camp Avenue • Station ...

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Commercial fishing catch up to pre-oil spill level

GULF OF MEXICO — Fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico hauled in more menhaden and other species last year compared with 2010, when millions of gallons of oil spewed from a blown well, according to a federal fisheries report. But it’s too early to rule out any long-term effects from the spill, said Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for ...

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OSHA fines Omega for violations found after worker's death

MOSS POINT — A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Sun Herald reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings yesterday from an inspection in April after 24-year-old Christopher Hebert ...

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Supervisors OK plan for Ocean Springs Harbor

OCEAN SPRINGS — Jackson County supervisors have approved a plan for the Harbor Commission to manage and lease parking and boat slips that will be created when the state removes a boat shed and restaurant from the county’s Ocean Springs Harbor. County leaders said the Department of Marine Resources will need to first remove the structures, leaving room for additional ...

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Bayou Cassotte reopened after large fish kill

JACKSON COUNTY — State agencies say it is once again okay to fish and swim in Bayou Casotte and the adjacent waters of the Mississippi Sound. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources closed the Jackson County area to fishing and water contact last Sunday, after investigating a fish kill. A notice yesterday said ...

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Omega: Facilities ok after Isaac, but fish-catch expectation lowered

MOSS POINT — Omega Protein Corporation reports, based on preliminary reports from its facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi, that it has suffered no material property damages from Hurricane Isaac. The Houston, Texas-based company that operates a facility in Moss Point says it suffered only some immaterial impact that is not expected to affect its overall operations, although the review is ...

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Chancellor to rule soon on county's bid to leave waterway district

PURVIS — A specially appointed chancellor said he would make a ruling within the next few days on whether Lamar County has a state-given right to leave the Pat Harrison Waterway District. The Hattiesburg American reports Chancellor Hollis McGehee was asked yesterday to decide on Lamar County’s request for a partial summary judgment. The county has argued that its responsibilities ...

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SPEC releasing thousands of seatrout fingerlings in bay

SAINT LOUIS BAY — The Seatrout Population Enhancement Cooperative (SPEC), a partnership of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Mississippi since 2005, is releasing thousands of spotted seatrout fingerlings into the waters of Saint Louis Bay this week. Yesterday’s release was at the Merlin ...

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