**UPDATE Jan 11th as of 3:30 CST**
“Today, I once again spoke with the Department of Marine Resources. I was assured that the proposed plan will not go forward. I, again, expressed that hearings should take place at the affected locale and that doing so is simply good government. Please let me know if you have any questions on this issue or any other.”
From Senator Brice Wiggins,
Wednesday, Jan 11th.
"I first found out about the dredge spoils being placed off Pascagoula beach at 3:00 p.m. on Mon. I was with Dr. Walker, director of DMR, at the time and told him that the residents objected to the plan.
I met with him later that night where he told me that he objected to the footprint as proposed and that it would not go forward as is and would in no way obstruct Pascagoula's water view. He reiterated this to me yesterday morning. I understand that the plan was tabled at the meeting last night which is good.
From my understanding the plan is connected to a project at VT Halter that will bring in many, many jobs. I am told there are other plans of where to put the dredge spoils and I have asked Dr. Walker to consider those instead.
I have expressed to Dr. Walker that hearings are to be held in the locale that is affected,e.g., Pascagoula, and this should be the standard practice.
I will continue to monitor it and make sure DMR recognizes our objection to the current plan"
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