Mississippi Phosphates is facing federal charges of violation of the Clean Water Act. A federal judge unsealed court papers this week that claim the East Jackson County fertilizer plant illegally discharged pollutants into Bayou Casotte.
The criminal complaint alleges that in 2013 and 2014, Mississippi Phosphates violated the terms of its permit. Prosecutors say there is a history of Clean Water Act violations at the plant going back as far as 2000.
While the plant is charged with violating federal law, it has also violated the trust of its neighbors. Gary Smith has been in this area of Pascagoula since the 1940s, and he’s fed up with the pollution.
Smith and his wife live near a beautiful inlet that borders their back yard and harbors boats ready to head out to open water. He says he won't be heading to Bayou Casotte any time soon.