BURNSVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality stands by its decision to issue a permit for Mississippi Silicon to build a plant in Tishomingo County.
MDEQ says Wednesday the agency received a request for a formal evidentiary hearing from Global Metallurgical of Selma, Alabama siting environmental concerns.
In the request, the Alabama company says the permit would allow Mississippi Silicon to emit air pollutants without control devices that are standard in the industry.
Global Metallurgical manufactures silicon metal, the same product Mississippi Silicon plans to produce at a new facility in Burnsville.
MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher issued a statement Friday morning to WTVA.com saying the permit meets the requirements of state law laws and regulations and protects the public and the environment.
Fisher says she stands behind the work of our experienced, knowledgeable staff, and MDEQ's permit process.
She calls the request "an unfortunate misuse of the administrative process by an out of state competitor under
the guise of raising environmental concerns."
Work is currently underway at the site of the Burnsville plant.
Operations are expected to employ 210 people when it begins operations in 18 to 24 months.