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BP oil spill still being felt as tar balls wash up on islands

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi environmental authorities say oil debris found this week on state barrier islands is believed to be from the BP’s disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and contractors for the oil giant are involved in the cleanup. Officials believe high winds and seasonal low tides uncovered the material. Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality said ...

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Court to hear dispute over silicon plant permit

BURNSVILLE — A competitor’s effort to question an air pollution permit for a planned Tishomingo County silicon metal refinery has spilled into court. The $200 million Mississippi Silicon project, announced in late December, is supposed to create 200 jobs in Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical of Selma, Ala., is suing the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in Hinds County Chancery Court. The ...

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Cooper plant earns entry into MDEQ's enHance program

CLARKSDALE — Cooper Tire’s Clarksdale plant was recently accepted into the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) enHance program as a steward. The plant was accepted based on its record of landfill and energy usage reductions. Cooper’s Tupelo plant was similarly recognized in 2011. The enHance voluntary stewardship program, which stands for “envision heightened awareness nurturing conservation and environmental excellence,” ...

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MDEQ raises water contact advisory for Coast beach

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued February 20 for a beach monitoring station in Ocean Springs. The advisory has been raised for Station 17-St. Andrews Beach. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels.

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MDEQ issues another water contact advisory

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for one sampling station in Jackson County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The advisory is for Station 17-St. Andrews Beach, near Main ...

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MDEQ lifts water contact advisory for Coast beach

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued Feb. 12 for a Coast beach. MDEQ lifted the advisory for Station 11-Gulfport East, which extends from Teagarden Road east to Anniston Avenue. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels.  

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MDEQ: Claim of incomplete permit review for silicon plant a ‘guise’ by competitor

JACKSON, Mississippi — The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says an Alabama silicon manufacturer’s claim the state agency erred in granting an operating permit to competitor Mississippi Silicon Metals lacks merit. Selma-based Alabama Globe Metallurgical Inc. has asked for a formal evidentiary hearing before the MDEQ’s Permit Board. Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive director, is not inclined to ...

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Another Coast beach advisory issued by MDEQ

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory Wednesday for one sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The affected beach is at Station 11-Gulfport East, which extends ...

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Competitor of Miss. Silcon wants new review of Burnsville plant's emissions permit

SELMA, Alabama – An Alabama competitor of Mississippi Silicon Metals LLC has filed a petition to challenge the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit granted for the company’s $200 million “greenfield” plant in Tishomingo County’s Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (GMI), which employs about 100 people at its silicon metal plant in Selma, filed the petition. GMI is one of North America’s largest ...

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MDEQ lifts water contact advisory on Coast beach

WAVELAND — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued Feb. 6. The affected beach was Station 3 at Waveland Beach, which extends from Oak Street east to Favre Street. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels.  

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