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DeSoto County gets all-clear from EPA on ozone levels

By JACK WEATHERLY  The federal Environmental Protection Agency has determined that DeSoto County has achieved compliance with EPA standards on ozone levels, according to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The ruling lifts a cloud over economic development in the burgeoning community just across the state line from Memphis. “We’re very pleased with the decision,” said Jim Flanagan, president and ...

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Bryant hires ex-MDEQ leader Fisher as consultant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has hired the former director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a consultant. The contract with Trudy Fisher, dated Sept. 5, says she will advise the governor on energy policy, environmental and restoration policy and provide support in court cases. The agreement is good for six months and can be renewed for six ...

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Bryant names new MDEQ director

Special to the MBJ Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. “Trudy has worked tirelessly in her capacity as executive director, ...

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