• Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board Summary of Meeting Held November 4, 2014
  • February 17, 2015 | Authors: R. Richard Cirilli; John E. Milner; Gene Wasson
  • Law Firm: Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC - Jackson Office
  • Prepared By Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC

    The Environmental Practice Group of the Brunini Law Firm publishes a summary of the proceedings of each monthly meeting of the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board and of the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality. We strive to provide, in a succinct newsletter format, the key points addressed in each meeting that will be of interest to the regulated community in Mississippi.

    Meeting Summary

    The Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board (Board) convened its regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on November 4, 2014, at the offices of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in Jackson. Mr. Jim Lipe chaired the meeting. Board members Leslie Royals and David Snodgrass were not present. The Board approved minutes from the October meeting and all non-controversial actions/certifications by the staff since the October meeting. Following a prepared agenda, items considered were as follows:

    OFFICE OF GEOLOGY

    In accordance with staff’s recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining permits to rescind.

    Mr. Ron Porter of MDEQ staff explained the recommendation to rescind permits for Eutaw Construction Company, Inc. (Eutaw). Eutaw determined that that the sites contained unsuitable material. The sites were undisturbed, and Eutaw and no longer intends to mine the sites.

    Surface Mining Permits to Rescind:

    Permittee

    County

    Permit

    Staff Recommendation

    Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.

    Monroe

    P12-027

    Rescind

    Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.

    Monroe

    P13-016

    Rescind


    OTHER BUSINESS:

    The Board provided updates on ongoing litigation and will provide further updates as litigation proceeds.

    The City of Tupelo has appealed to the MS Supreme Court regarding the issuance of six groundwater withdrawal permits (MS-GW-17109, MS-GW-17110, MS-GW-17111, MS-GW-17112, MS-GW-17113, MS-GW-17114) issuedto North Lee County Water Association.

    Chancery court affirmed a permit issued to Errington Poultry in Green County, MS. The permit, issued by the Board, allows a variance to buffer requirements for construction of a poultry house. A party has appealed the issuance of permit to the MS Supreme Court.

    The next Permit Board meeting will be held on December 9, 2014.

    This Newsletter is a publication of the Environmental Department of the law firm of Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes located in Jackson, Mississippi. This Newsletter is not designed or intended to provide legal or professional advice, as any such advice requires the consideration of the facts of the specific situation.