• Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board Summary of Meeting Held August 9, 2016
  • September 14, 2016 | Authors: John E. Milner; Gene Wasson
  • Law Firm: Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC - Jackson Office
  • The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board (Board) convened its regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on August 9, 2016, at the offices of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, in Jackson. Mr. Mike Bograd, RPG, chaired the meeting.

    The Board approved minutes from the Regular July meeting. Also, the Board approved non-controversial actions/certifications by the staff since the July meeting and incorporated the reports of these actions into the July minutes.

    Following a prepared agenda, items considered were as follows:

    OFFICE OF GEOLOGY

    In accordance with MDEQ staff recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining bond releases and rescinded the following surface mining permits:

    Surface Mining Bond Releases

    Permittee

    County

    Permit

    Staff Recommendation

    Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.

    Pontotoc

    P12-017

    Final 30% release

    Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.

    Rankin

    P12-020

    Final 50% release

    Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.

    Clay

    P13-022

    Additional 30% release

    Eutaw Construction Company, Inc.

    Madison

    P15-007

    Initial 40% release

    Jim Grotkowski

    Harrison

    P98-055T

    Final 50% release

    Joe McGee Construction Co., Inc.

    Madison

    P11-024

    No release

    C. Steve Lee

    Hancock

    P07-012

    Final 20% release


    Surface Mining Permits to Rescind

    Permittee

    County

    Permit

    Staff Recommendation

    South Byram Properties, LLC

    Hinds

    P06-009

    Rescind Permit

    W.P. Properties, LLC

    Hinds

    P03-025T

    Rescind Permit


    OFFICE OF POLLUTION CONTROL

    The Board approved a Modification of Section 401 Water Quality Certification (No. WQC 2012071) for Drying Facility Assets Holding, LLC, Picayune Frac Plant, located in Pearl River County, MS. The modification will alter permittee’s mitigation plan to allow for off-site mitigation, rather than on-site. MDEQ staff took no position on whether the Board should grant the proposed modification. The Modification was approved on the condition that the wetlands designated for enhancement and restoration are left within the perpetual conservation easement.

    OTHER BUSINESS

    Mr. Roy Furrh, MDEQ General Counsel, advised the Board that due to legislation, passed in the 2016 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature, that places fees collected by state agencies into the state’s general fund, the Office of the Attorney General would no longer be able to provide hearing officers to MDEQ. Mr. Furrh stated that a list of former assistant attorneys general and private practitioners was being compiled to serve as hearing officers.

    The next Permit Board meeting will be held on September 13, 2016, at 9 a.m.