Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
You may not be able to see it, but if you live or breathe in Mississippi, the air around you may be a little more toxic than you think. That's according to a list of states known as the "Toxic 20", put out by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
On that list, number one being the worst, the Magnolia State comes in at number 17.
"Make no mistake about it, we have a long way to go to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants," John Walke, the council's clean air director.
Walke says the list was determined by examining the 2010 reported toxic emissions to the Environmental Protection Agency. Mississippi wasn't even on the list last year, based on numbers from 2009 showing two million pounds of industrial toxins. In just one year, however, that amount doubled to nearly 4 million pounds. That's a one hundred percent increase.
"That is frankly astonishing and is not matched by any other state in the inventory that we looked at. There's clearly something significant going on," said Walke.
To find out what's going, WLBT asked the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. However, no one at the department has responded to requests for comment, but did confirm they received the report and were reviewing it.
Walke says he has an idea of what could be happening, pointing to new activity.
"That's the more likely explanation, a new plant or the increased activity levels from the existing fleet of generators," said Walke.
Nationally the report does show a 19 percent reduction in toxic emissions from 2009 to 2010. Walke says that's in large part thanks to better pollution controls put in place by power plants and a transition to natural gas use instead of coal.
Even with the reduction, Walke says health concerns are still lingering in the air and is calling on the EPA to issue new standards in air quality.
"We're talking about curbing toxic pollution that harms millions of Americans each year," said Walke.
Late Thursday afternoon, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a statement saying an increase in hydrochloric acid appears to be the cause for that result and could be based on the type of coal used that year.
The department assures the state has good air quality.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is even coming out against U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker for supporting a measure in Congress to repeal the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).
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