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Plea hearing set for Mississippi Phosphates, accused of violating Clean Water Act


GULFPORT, Mississippi — A plea hearing and sentencing have been scheduled for Mississippi Phosphates, accused of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways. The government says the company killed fish and destroyed marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Ix4NjF) records in U.S. District Court show Chief Judge Louis Guirola Jr. has set the hearings for Aug. 19.

The plea agreement was negotiated with the U.S. Justice Department in conjunction with the company's bankruptcy proceedings. Mississippi Phosphate filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. A bankruptcy judge has approved a plan to sell it.

A bill of information unsealed this week said the business has polluted waterways and harmed the environment for at least a decade.

Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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