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Hercules, MDEQ, EPA Region 4

Posted by COCEJ on May 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm a Community Meeting was held in Hattiesburg, MS at St. James Church on Country Club Road. The meeting concerned the offsite sampling of possilbe contamination from the Hercules Plant. 

The Three Chemicals of Concern are: Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform and Delnav.

The Federal Agency of ATSDR (Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) have compiled the following information:

Arsenic Toxicity

Public Health ...

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Letter From The Birmingham Jail

Posted by COCEJ on December 6, 2010 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (1)


"Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]"

16 April 1963

My Dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such c...

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Visit from Acting Assistant Inspector General

Posted by COCEJ on October 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

To my great surprise, Acting Assistant Inspector General with the EPA Office of Investigations visited Mississippi. AAIG McElrath came in response to a letter that I wrote strongly disagreeing with the Region 4 OIG's report of no wrong doings in Mississippi as it involved the EPA or MDEQ.



AAIG McElrath came personally to offer his resources and assistance in reaching the proper people in our struggle for Environmental Civil Rights. Exactly what AAIG McElrath d...

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Where did the BP Oil Go?

Posted by COCEJ on September 11, 2010 at 7:16 PM Comments comments (0)

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September 10, 2010 - ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.


And I'm Melissa Block.

Scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico are discovering a substantial layer of oily sediment stretc...

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The Clock is Ticking on Superfund coming to Columbus

Posted by COCEJ on September 7, 2010 at 3:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Columbus has been referred from RCRA to CERCLA- Superfund.  The clock is ticking because we have two familes in harm's way. One family has been told to stay inside and keep your children inside. Our question is how long?  What will be the physical and mental health effects on the children in the household?


CNN - Toxic Towns - Mossville

Posted by COCEJ on August 3, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently watched a CNN Documentary on Toxic Towns. The documentary showcased Mossville, LA which is in Cancer Alley in Louisiana.  This small town is the locations of over 14 chemical plants. The residents of the community are dying of Cancer. ATSDR came to town and tested the residents and found that Dioxins wer 3x the national levels.  That was the conclusion. Wilma Subra tested and fingerprinted the Dioxins and found that the Dioxins in the people matched the Dioxins emmitted b...

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Environmental Justice or Simply Justice

Posted by COCEJ on July 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Environmental Justice or Simply Justice


The communities of Crystal Springs, Columbus, Hattiesburg and now Grenada are in desperate need of people willing to become insistent for the civil rights of poor people. These people are marginalized until election time. The cause is not sexy. The impact may be visible but our government tells us it's not quantifiable.

Now: Environmental Contamination is killing poor people. It's an open d...

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