The purpose of the Hazardous and Nonhazardous Solid Waste Applicant Disclosure Regulations is to help maintain accountability and track data on the hazardous and nonhazardous waste sites in Mississippi. This regulation requires that every applicant (other than a public agency) for issuance, reissuance or transfer of a permit for the treatment, processing, storage, or disposal of nonhazardous solid waste at a commercial solid waste management facility or hazardous waste at a commercial hazardous waste management facility disclose all information requested by the Permit Board.
The Hazardous Waste Management Regulations follow the EPA's definitions and guidelines for the most part, which are listed in 40 CFR parts 260-282. In addition to these federal regulations the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality requires that each generator of greater than 220 pounds of hazardous waste in any month during the previous calendar year shall report, by March 1, to the department the type and amount of waste generated during the preceding calendar year. Also, each transporter of hazardous waste shall report annually by march 1 of each calendar year.
Mississippi's Energy-Efficiency Lease Program allows public institutions and private, non-profit hospitals to lease-purchase energy-efficient services and equipment for up to 15 years from the Energy Division of the Mississippi Development Authority. The Energy Division will select a third-party financier to fund energy projects such as lighting, boilers, cooling systems, energy management systems and windows. Participation in this program provides institutions access to technical, legal and financial service providers associated with the Energy Division.
Mississippi offers low-interest loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Eligible renewable energy technologies include solar thermal, solar space heat, solar process heat, photovoltaics (PV), alternative fuels, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and hydropower. All projects must demonstrate that they will reduce a facility's energy costs. The interest rate is 2% below the prime rate, with a maximum loan term of 10 years. Loans range from $15,000 to $500,000.
The purpose of the Dam Safety Regulation is to ensure that all dams constructed in the state of Mississippi are permitted and thus do not potentially harm wildlife, water supplies and property. Any person or entity proposing to construct, enlarge, repair, or alter a dam or reservoir must obtain written permission from the Permit Board prior to commencement of any site work related to the project. The Permit Board may require any information necessary to evaluate a proposal.
Coast Electric Power Association provides incentives for commercial customers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities. Rebates are provided for new or replacement energy efficient heat pumps and new electric cooking equipment. The customer should contact Coast Electric before the heat pump system is installed. The cooking equipment must consume at least 6 kW to qualify for the rebate, and if the new electric equipment is replacing gas, the old equipment must be inspected before being removed.
Coast Electric Power Association (CEPA) provides rebates on heat pumps to new homes which meet certain weatherization standards. To qualify for this rebate the home must have:
* Attic insulation of at least R-38 or encapsulated foam attic insulation of R-20 or greater
* Wall insulation of R-13 or higher
* Floor insulation of R-19 or greater
* Dual-pane windows
* Glass area less than 20% of total floor area
* An electric water heater
* Effective air-sealing and attic ventilation
* A properly designed, installed and insulated duct system
''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] websites.''
This environmental regulation is an addition to the Water Quality Criteria for Intrastate, Interstate, and Coastal Water regulations. It separates Mississippi's water into 3 tiers. Tier 1 waters are those waters in which the existing water quality does not support designated uses. Tier 2 waters are those waters in which the water quality meets or exceeds the mandatory minimum levels to support the Clean Water Act (CWA) goal of propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife, and recreation in and on such waters.