MIssissippi editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers:

Aug. 8

The Greenwood (Miss.) Commonwealth on funding for Gulf Coast recovery efforts:

It’s hard to argue with a proposal by Sen. Roger Wicker and other sponsors of a bill to direct more money to Gulf Coast recovery efforts related to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. But you could.

Wicker, Mississippi’s junior Republican senator who is an avowed conservative, reports on “a bill introduced last week by all Gulf Coast senators” to distribute directly to gulf states revenue collected from Clean Water Act penalties related to the disaster.

Wicker writes in a newspaper article that “under the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to collect fines for the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil that were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico last year. The EPA can charge up to $4,300 per barrel from the parties found responsible.”