In August of 2016, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) agreed to stop assessing fines to the City of Hattiesburg based on MDEQ’s determination that the City’s wastewater treatment lagoons had been in substantial compliance with MDEQ-issued permits for a significant time. Afterward, the City entered into a new Third Amended Agreed Order with MDEQ effective December 6, 2016.
That agreed order is designed to ensure that the City maintains compliance with its wastewater permits. Relying in part on the new agreed order with MDEQ, the City has requested the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to either terminate or modify the Amended Consent Judgment under which the City has been operating since October of 2014. The City’s request is currently under consideration by the district court.