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January 27, 2010 601/961-5277
MDEQ ACCEPTS SOUTHERN NATURAL GAS INTO enHANCE PROGRAM
(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently accepted Southern Natural Gas - Pickens Station as a Leader in its enHance program. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers: Associate, Steward, or Leader.
“We are pleased that the Southern Natural Gas facility in Pickens has joined the enHance program, and they should be commended for their commitment to doing good work and their leadership in achieving standards beyond their environmental permit requirements,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
“Southern Natural Gas is extremely pleased to be accepted as one of the new members of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s enHance program. Just as our parent company, El Paso Corporation, strives to be the neighbor to have in all the areas where it operates, Southern Natural Gas works hard to protect the environment and comply with environmental regulations. This commitment extends throughout the El Paso family and is reflected in our day-to-day operations,” said Jay Street, manager of Area Operations for SNG. “We are also dedicated to working with appropriate federal and state agencies, such as the MDEQ, to ensure that employed professionals and contractors do their utmost to exercise care and respect for our nation’s environment.”
The enHance 2010 class includes three Leaders: Caterpillar High Performance Extrusions (Oxford), Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) (Gulfport), and Southern Natural Gas - Pickens Station (Pickens). Five Stewards were selected: Columbus Brick (Columbus), Leaf River Cellulose, LLC (New Augusta), Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Gulfport), Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Ocean Springs), and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Pascagoula). The three Associate members are: Choctaw Gas Generation (Ackerman), GDF SUEZ Red Hills Power Plant (Ackerman), and Gulf States Manufacturers - a Nucor Company (Starkville).
Information about the program is available at: http://www.deq.state.ms.us/enhance.
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