EPA holds meeting about Mississippi Phosphate site


The Mississippi Phosphate site is finally getting cleaned up with the help of the Environmental Protection Agency. Tonight, they hosted a public meeting in Pascagoula to discuss their cleanup project with the community.
“We want it cleaned up and we want it done right. We want it clear and ready for development as soon as possible.” Thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency, Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell’s wishes for the Mississippi Phosphate site are closer to becoming a reality.
The site has been chosen under the EPA’s superfund program. The program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated land. On-scene Coordinator Jordan Garrard said, “The goal of this cleanup project is to eliminate some of the issues and the hazards we’ve had on site.”
The Mississippi Phosphate Corporation released millions of gallons of damaging wastewater into Bayou Casotte, polluting waterways, killing fish, and destroying marshy areas.
Tonight, the EPA held a public meeting at the Senior Center in Pascagoula to discuss their plan and receive community feedback. EPA Project Manager Craig Zeller said, “We’ve been pulling together engineering closure alternatives, analysis, and we have what we think is a very good plan and that’s why we are here tonight, to share that plan with the community, start a 30 day public comment period and see what these folks actually think about our plan for the community.”
The EPA’s preferred cleanup plan will eliminate storage of more than 500 million gallons of contaminated water on site and will reduce the volume of water requiring treatment by an estimated 98 percent. “As soon as we can, we are going to get our hands back on that property from the trustees and we are going to start working developers to come in there.”