Miss. Phosphates puts emergency bypass in place

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Fertilizer manufacturer Mississippi Phosphates has put an emergency bypass in place to collect runoff from its sulfuric acid plant that was going into a storm drain, according to a published report Friday.

The Mississippi Press reports (http://bit.ly/1oC73gv ) it has obtained documents that show the company notified the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center about the incident on Wednesday.

The plant has been operating under certain restrictions handed down from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in late October.

State regulators issued cease-and-desist orders in August and again in September for Mississippi Phosphates to shut down their sulfuric acid plants due to reports of an acid mist that was affecting residents in east Pascagoula as well as other industries along Bayou Casotte.

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Information from:

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

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