- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - After years of dealing with thick dust, acrid smells and health problems, residents of a southeast Pascagoula neighborhood may soon know what’s in their air.

The Sun Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1sCmPFf) community leaders are working to secure an Environmental Protection Agency grant to buy hand-held monitors for residents of the Cherokee Forest neighborhood.

The neighborhood of more than 130 houses is along heavily industrialized Bayou Casotte.

STEPS Coalition spokesman Howard Page said the plants currently monitor the air around them and report to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

He said the EPA grant would permit Cherokee Forest residents to do the same and in real time.

Page said he is in talks with officials from Louisiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi about joining the effort.

If approved, the EPA grant would help pay for a three-year, $750,000 effort that also would include air-quality monitoring at the Port of Gulfport.

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


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