PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. will install an air monitoring device in a Pascagoula neighborhood amid residents' intensifying worries about the health and environmental impacts of the fertilizer manufacturer.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1lgUTm0) Mississippi Phosphates agreed to the monitoring system after a conference call Wednesday with local officials and state and federal regulators.
Madison-based Mississippi Phosphates, which employs about 220, makes sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid, which it uses to produce fertilizer.
Pascagoula Mayor Jim Blevins described the conference call as "much-improved communication" between the community, government and industry.
On May 28, Mississippi Phosphates reported a release of acidic water. The company's permit allows it to discharge water with a pH in the range of 6-9, roughly balanced between acidic and basic.
The company reported a second sulfuric acid release this past week.
Residents near the plant have been complaining of odors, acid mists and other issues. Some organized a group called Cherokee Concerned Citizens to voice their concerns, which include other businesses besides Mississippi Phosphates.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com