EPA issues order to Pascagoula chemical company

Published 2:33 pm Friday, October 2, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a Pascagoula chemical company to correct problems it says have resulted in “an imminent and substantial danger to human health and the environment.”

The Sun Herald in Gulfport/Biloxi reports EPA issued its order to Mississippi Phosphates, which manufactures sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid and phosphate-based fertilizer.

EPA and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality inspected the plant during the summer. EPA said hazardous materials were found in soil and water at the site.

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The agency blamed the problems on numerous spills of solid and liquid hazardous wastes.