Public invited to MDEQ meeting tonight

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - On Tuesday, July 16 the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) invites the public to share thoughts on types of early restoration they want to see utilized as part of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

The meeting will be held at University of Southern Mississippi FEC Auditorium located at 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

"Making the Gulf whole following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and providing citizens the opportunity to participate in restoration are our primary objectives," said MDEQ Executive Director Trudy D. Fisher.  "I encourage the public to attend this meeting and provide any information they think the Trustees should consider as the scoping process for early restoration begins."

According to MDEQ, all public input will be considered as the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustees begin preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for early restoration.

The PEIS will include an evaluation of the potential effects of early restoration types and specific projects-proposed as part of future early restoration phases.

The public is invited to make comments in writing or verbally during the meeting. Comments may also be mailed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  P.O. Box 2099, Fairhope, AL, 36533, emailed to or electronically filed by visiting The deadline for all comments is August 2, 2013.

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