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Executive Director Rikard to leave MDEQ January 13

Gary C. Rikard, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced that he is leaving the agency January 13, 2020. Rikard has served as Executive Director since appointed by Governor Phil Bryant in September 2014. He previously worked at the agency as an Environmental Engineer and a Senior Attorney in the 1990s before practicing environmental law in ...

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Terracon welcomes Wilson

Erica Wilson has joined Terracon Consultants, Inc., as a project industrial hygienist. Based in the Ridgeland office, Wilson will serve clients in the private and public sectors in Mississippi. Wilson’s experience includes more than seven years with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), where she provided compliance assurance for asbestos and lead-based paint regulations, such as the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act guidelines for schools. She is an EPA-certified Inspector ...

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PPM Consultants adds Hess

Jere “Trey” Hess, former Chief of the Groundwater Assessment and Remediation Division for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, has accepted a position as Director of Brownfields and Economic Development with PPM Consultants in Jackson. Hess spent nearly 24 years with MDEQ after studying mechanical engineering and business at Mississippi State University. Hess holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical ...

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Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways. The government said Mississippi Phosphates killed fish and destroyed marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula. James B. Tucker, an attorney representing Mississippi Phosphates, told The Sun Herald he will enter a guilty plea on behalf ...

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Wilson Crockett joins Waggoner

Wilson Crockett has joined Waggoneer Engineering in Jackson at a new engineering intern in the firm’s Water Resources Department. In this role, Crockett will focus primarily on transportation drainage design, hydraulic studies for bridge replacement projects and FEMA flood mapping projects. Crockett most recently served as an environmental engineering intern with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, where he reviewed ...

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Lab owner loses challenge to 40 months in waste case

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a Mississippi environmental laboratory owner’s sentence for falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. Tennie White was sentenced to 40 months in prison in 2013. White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. White was convicted of two counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction. A three-judge ...

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