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MDEQ issues beach advisory due to health risks

WAVELAND — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for one sampling station in Hancock County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The beach is Station 3 of Waveland Beach, which extends from ...

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County lands solid waste grant from MDEQ

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded Harrison County a solid waste assistance grant of $70,000 that will be used by the county for a household hazardous waste collection event to be held in the spring. “The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and ...

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Biofuel plant fire extinguished; highway to reopen

NEW ALBANY — A fire at a north Mississippi biofuels plant has been extinguished. The fire, put out about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, had been burning since early Wednesday at the plant near New Albany, but no injuries were reported. There were also at least three explosions at JNS Biofuels, formerly known as North Mississippi Biodiesel. “The fire is out,” said ...

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Mississippi DEQ wants your ideas for Environmental Justice conference

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking suggestions on speakers and topics for Environmental Justice conference the state agency is sponsoring this year to recognize the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The conference will bring together communities, non-profit organizations, researchers, businesses, healthcare professionals, state and local government and federal partners committed to addressing ...

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Coast city to repay BP grant funding for Ocean Expo

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville must refund more than $1 million of a $3-million BP grant awarded to cover some of the expense of bringing Ocean Expo aquarium to the city. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality administered the grant for BP. The agency has spent nine months reviewing the circumstances that led to the firing of city manager Michael Janus and ...

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Engineer: Dam project could cost more than $1M

PURVIS — A Lamar County engineer says a property owners association could be looking at a $1-million price tag to return a dam in the Lake Serene system of lakes to Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality standards. “We’re hoping that won’t be the case, but it could,” engineer Don Walker said last week. Damage to the dam was done when ...

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Cities teaming up to apply for recycling grant

NATCHEZ and BROOKHAVEN — The city of Natchez is partnering with the city of Brookhaven and possibly another local government to apply for a grant to start a regional recycling initiative. Natchez Community Development director James Johnston tells The Natchez Democrat Natchez, Brookhaven and possibly Wilkinson County will apply for funding from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Regional Recycling ...

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Manufacturer fined by MDEQ for hazardous waste storage

AMORY — An steel tube maker in Amory is paying a nearly $40,000 civil fine for storing hazardous waste too long. True Temper Sports agreed in September to pay the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality $39,655 for holding eight drums of hazardous waste longer than the 90 days allowed under federal rules. A Sept. 12 order published by the department ...

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Aircraft painting firm fined for bad records, environmental permit lapse

GREENVILLE — A Greenville aircraft painting firm is paying a $19,000 civil fine for failing to maintain records and renew its environmental permit on time Leading Edge Aviation Services agreed in September to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A Sept. 26 order published by the department says that Leading Edge broke the terms of its ...

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