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Lawsuit filed over Mississippi Silicon plant

Reported by: WTVA News
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Updated: 3/21/2014 3:38 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP/WTVA) --  A competitor's effort to question an air pollution permit for a planned Tishomingo County silicon metal refinery has landed in Hinds County Chancery Court.

Globe Metallurgical of Selma, Ala., is suing the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in Hinds County Chancery Court.

The lawsuit contends MDEQ improperly denied an appeal of the permit originally approved for the $200 million Mississippi Silicaon plant on December 10.

Ground was broken for construction of the facility in Burnsville on January 12.

The Mississippi AP reports MDEQ says the company waited past a limited 30-day appeal period before filing.

Last month, MDEQ told WTVA News they had received a request for a formal evidentiary hearing from Globe Metallurgical siting environmental concerns.

In a statement released to WTVA on February 14, MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher said the permit met the requirements of state laws and regulations and protects the public and the environment.

She called the appeal and request for an evidentiary hearing  "an unfortunate misuse of the administrative process by an out of state competitor under the guise of raising environmental concerns."

Fisher said she stood behind her staff and the permit process.

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