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DISPERSANT FOUND IN BEACH OIL PATTIES FOUR YEARS AFTER BP SPILL

Traces of a chemical contained in dispersants used to break up oil during the 87-day BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 were found in material deposited on deepwater corals six months after the spill, and in weathered oil patties on Gulf Coast beaches four years later, according to a scientific letter published online this week in Environmental Science & Technology, the peer-reviewed research journal of the American Chemical Society. Researchers found tiny amounts of DOSS, an abbreviation of the chemical compound dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, in both the oil patties and deepwater sediment.

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THERE'S NO NEED FOR LIGHT BULBS, WE'LL ALL GLOW IN THE DARK: D'oh!

From Louie Miller, Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative: I had to pass along this hysterical take on our esteemed Governor's plan to bring all the nation's nuclear waste to our state. It's from Marty Russell, a columnist for the Daily Journal.
Finally the state of Mississippi has decided to join the 21st century after spending about the last 200 years in the 18th. Now I know some will argue that the Republican leadership in Jackson is just looking for a way to make a quick buck and claim job creation after the state was rejected as a proposed site for a landfill for all of New York’s and California’s household garbage

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: A FARM BILL TO PROTECT THE GULF

New Orleans, LA BY Matt Rota, Science and Water Policy Director, Gulf Restoration Network
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate the Farm Bill. The outcome of this debate is incredibly important to the nation’s waters, soil, health, and nutrition. Please tell your Representative to make sure that farmers who receive crop subsidies implement basic conservation practices to ensure that pollution and topsoil don’t flow into neighboring rivers:

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: ABOUT OUR SENIOR ORGANIZING REPRESENTATIVE, Louie Miller

Mississippi Sierra Club director Louie Miller

JACKSON, MS BY STAFF
The 1973 Murrah High School graduate has had his share of political wins. He cut his teeth on the 1980s Shoccoe Dam brouhaha, when floodplain developers sought to bury Miller's fledgling blueberry farm under 40 feet of river water. After joining the Sierra Club as an employee in 1991 (he has been a member since 1980), the Shoccoe resident proved instrumental in preventing the state from becoming the nation's hazardous waste dump.

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: MISSISSIPI POWER'S KEMPER COUNTY COAL PLANT

JACKSON, MS BY LOUIE MILLER
The Kemper County area where the electricity is generated is not in Miss. Power's service area, so the electricity will be supplied to that county and surrounding areas while the citizens in the 26 counties served by Miss. Power will actually have their rates increased in order to pay for the construction of the plant-- even if the plant does not generate a single kilowatt of electricity!

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: Who Owns Mississippi Power?

JACKSON, MS BY LOUIE MILLER, Executive Director
A public utility is supposed to serve the interest of the public, but recently it seems Mississippi Power is doing anything but. Their financial boondoggle at the $4.2B Kemper coal-fired power plant resulted in an initial 13% increase in electricity rates, with increases predicted to reach as high as 61%. That's money out of your pocket to prop up. . .a Fortune 500 company?

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