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Sierra Club Ends 6-Year Battle Over Kemper Plant, Sets Mississippi on Path to Clean Energy Economy

Power Plant in MississippiAgreement Brings Clean Energy Investments, Cleaner Air to Mississippi

Four years of legal challenges by the Sierra Club to Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Coal Plant have ended in a landmark legal settlement. The agreement brings $15 million in energy efficiency and clean energy investments to the state, sets the stage for homeowners to install solar power and requires power plants in Gulfport, Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama to stop burning coal over the next 20 months.

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EPA to participate at the 1st Annual Mayor’s Walk in Columbus, Miss. to Promote Asthma Awareness

In an effort to bring asthma awareness to the Columbus, Miss. community, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will participate at the 1st Annual Mayor’s Walk in Columbus, Miss.  The theme of the event is "To Lead by Example, Inspire and Empower the Community by Improving the Quality of Health”.  EPA will provide information on common asthma triggers and ways to reduce exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants linked to asthma. 

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Johnson Controls integrates technology to create smart learning environment for Mississippi students

Johnson Controls helps Oxford School District reduce costs by $6 million to fund connection of education and building systems

High school students in Oxford, Miss. now take their seats in a high-tech, energy efficient school created in partnership with Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive, building, and energy storage industries. Oxford School District used money saved from energy efficiency upgrades to fund an integrated technology environment where building systems communicate with learning tools to improve the safety, productivity and comfort of students and teachers.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Mississippi Land Exchange with Land Owner James C. Kennedy

Exchange will conserve wildlife habitat, provide outdoor recreation for public access

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reached an agreement with land owner James (Jim) Kennedy to exchange a 306-acre parcel of its land in Tallahatchie County, Miss. for a tract of York Woods, Kennedy's conservation-easement property. USFWS is acquiring land that appraises at a higher amount than the 306-acre parcel and will use it as a wildlife habitat. The public also will be able to access the land for outdoor enjoyment.

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Company Agrees to Upgrade 18 Wastewater Facilities in Mississippi to Stop Illegal Discharges of Sewage

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced a proposed settlement with Total Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TESI) and Utility Services, LLC to address violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA), including effluent violations and unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage. These companies have agreed to undertake a thorough assessment of, and implement extensive improvements to, 18 wastewater treatment facilities and wastewater collection and transmission systems located in Mississippi.

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