Power Company Criticized

Opponents fighting a proposed nine and a half rate hike by Mississippi Power Company say the utility is not justified in asking for more money from its customers. And members of some environmental and citizens groups say they'll take their battle to a public hearing in Jackson next week.

Members of the Sierra Club, Gulfport Concerned Citizens and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group held a news conference today criticizing Mississippi Power and its environmental track record. They say power bills are already high enough, and instead of profit, Mississippi Power should concentrate more on cleaning up the pollution the utility is causing.

Mississippi Power officials say the accusations are unfounded, and defend their environmental record.