EPA: Miss. Phosphates to fix problems

By The Associated Press

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Phosphate Corp. and the Environmental Protection Agency have agreed on how to fix environmental violations remaining after a 2009 in section.

Vice president of operations Richard Johnson tells The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/w60wB7) that many actions were taken in 2009 to tackle problems found by the federal agency. But he says it took more than two years to agree on all the terms and permanent solutions.

About 240 people work at the plant owned by Madison-based Phosphate Holdings Inc.

It makes sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid for fertilizer.

The EPA released the final order outlining progress and required future actions. It says inspections last year found “imminent and substantial” danger from corrosive water outside a perimeter dike .

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Online:

EPA news release: http://1.usa.gov/zi97gp

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com