The Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board (“Board”) convened its regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on July 12, 2017, at the offices of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, in Jackson. Dennis Riecke chaired the meeting.
The Board approved minutes from the June meeting and the non-controversial actions/ certifications completed by the staff since the June meeting.
Following a prepared agenda, items considered were as follows:
OFFICE OF POLLUTION CONTROL – No items.
OFFICE OF GEOLOGY
In accordance with MDEQ staff recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining bond releases:
|Baker Ready Mix – Construction – Landscaping||Winston||P07-029||Additional 10%|
|Oddee Smith & Sons, Inc.||Lincoln||P92-062||Final 90%|
|Dickerson and Bowen, Inc.||Amite||P94-046||Additional 70%|
|Dickerson and Bowen, Inc.||Franklin||P94-047T||Final 10%|
|Hammett Gravel Company, Inc.||Yazoo||P04-010||Additional 15%|
|Harris Construction Company||Madison||P02-060A||Initial 50%|
In accordance with MDEQ staff recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining permits to rescind:
|Talbot Bros. Constr. Co. and Talbot Bros. Grading Co.||DeSoto||P10-004A|
In accordance with MDEQ staff recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining permits to transfer:
|Phillips Trucking Company Transferred to BBR Mining, LLC||Hancock||P10-034|
In accordance with MDEQ staff recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining permits to modify:
|Surface Coal Mine Red Hills Modification||Choctaw||MS-002 Renewal 2|
Roy Furrh, MDEQ Legal Counsel announced the retirement of Harry Wilson, Chief of the Environmental Permits Division, Office of Pollution Control and named Krystal Rudolph as his replacement.
ELECTION OF BOARD CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN FOR 2017-2018
Mr. Furr also clarified the minutes from the last Board meeting that The Board unanimously voted to “elect” and not “nominate” the following:
Chair – Dennis Riecke, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
Vice-Chairman – James Hoffmann, Office of Land and Water
The Board unanimously approved these revisions.
The next Permit Board meeting will be held on August 8, 2017, at 9 a.m.