DeSoto County makes ozone case in Washington next week

DeSoto County officials hope meetings planned next week in Washington with the county’s congressional delegation and Environmental Protection Agency staff will help clear the air and avert inclusion on the agency’s ozone “nonattainment” list.

“We want our lawmakers to understand not only our scientific case against this proposed listing but also the adverse economic impact it would have,” County Administrator Michael Garriga said Thursday.

Slated to meet next Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee and Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are Garriga, Supervisor Mark Gardner, Interim Planning Director Gina Tynan and Jim Flanagan, president and chief executive of the DeSoto Economic Development Council.

Also going are Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality staff, led by executive director Trudy Fisher, who are arranging EPA sessions.

Commercial Appeal