More than 50 Gulf Groups Applaud Biden Administration’s Oil and Gas Leasing Pause, Urge Just Transition for Gulf Communities as Next Step
Opposition Grows Against Shintech's Petrochemical Plant Expansion in Cancer Alley
This was a collaborative piece written by Michael Esealuka with data analysis and graphics done by Naomi Yoder, Staff Scientist.
North Gulfport Residents Defend their Wetlands and Community Health Against Port Project
Citizens from North Gulfport oppose wetland filling that would allow the State Port to build a rail/truck transfer facility next to their neighborhoods. Environmental Justice issues are contained in the appeal. Residents who live adjacent to the project site are concerned that soil and water pollution contained there will be mobilized with development and affect their health, property and quality of life. A 70 year old brownfield site - a closed fertilizer plant - has left soil and groundwater tainted by arsenic, lead and carcinogens that could find their way to the surface if the site is developed. The evidentiary hearing on the Mississippi State Port Authority's Clean Water Act State water quality certification began this week at the MDEQ Commission Room in Jackson, but is continued until May.
We Need a Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative
This blog was written by Rebecca Malpass, Healthy Gulf's Policy Intern.
Healthy Gulf Joins Conservation Groups in Yazoo Pumps Suit againt EPA
Healthy Gulf joined American Rivers, National Audubon Society and Sierra Club in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, asking a federal judge to rule on whether EPA's 2008 Clean Water Act veto of the Yazoo Backwater Pump project still applies to a 2020 Army Corps of Engineers re-do. The project's pumping capacity and purpose remain the same as the earlier project which was vetoed during the George W. Bush Administration. The project's impacts to wetlands and habitats remain significant in the 2020 re-do version, and the Conservation Groups maintain that the veto still prohibits the pumps. EPA has used a Clean Water Act veto on a development project 13 times since 1972. The agency has slightly modified some vetoes after-the-fact, but has never completely revoked one.