- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has levied an environmental fine on VT Halter Marine.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1RPp4Bb) the company has agreed to pay the $17,500 for failing to protect the surrounding environment from paint overspray and sandblasting dust.

The company, in east Pascagoula, has a $1.9 million state grant to help build a huge building on the grounds to house painters and sandblasters. It was supposed to be complete in summer 2015, and people in neighboring subdivisions were counting on this for relief from industrial dust and paint overspray.

The DEQ wants the shipbuilder to reduce the paint and sand it puts into the air and water. The company opted to pay the civil penalty instead of going through a formal enforcement hearing.

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

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