Hattiesburg, Petal residents can dispose of tornado waste

Mississippi residents affected by the Jan. 21 tornado outbreak near Hattiesburg and Petal now have a way to safely dispose of toxic and hazardous items damaged in the storm. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality this week will collect damaged household hazardous wastes, major appliances and electronic waste from Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties residents. Department officials will collect these items on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb.

Kemper power plant delayed again

On the day Mississippi Power Co. was scheduled to start commercial operation of its Kemper County energy facility, another month’s delay was announced. The utility, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., revealed the setback in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday, the latest in a series of missed projected deadlines. The plant, which is running on natural gas, was supposed to go into full operation running on synthesis gas, also known as syngas, by May 2014. It is now scheduled for completion by Feb.

Class action lawsuit filed for Kemper delays

A class action lawsuit was filed this week against Southern Co. over Mississippi Power Co.’s construction of its Kemper County energy facility. The complaint says that Mississippi Power Co.’s parent, Southern Company, and its officers and directors violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP filed the suit on Jan. 20 in the U S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of purchasers of Southern Co.

Miss. Power: Kemper plant still on track for January start up

Mississippi Power Co.’s nearly $7 billion Kemper County energy facility should be fully operational on lignite coal by Jan. 31, the utility said late Friday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., had estimated the plant would have a January in-service date in early December. This was preceded by a series of missed projected deadlines. Mississippi Power said in its January filing that it is experiencing challenges with the plant’s gas clean-up systems for one of its gasifiers.