Congressman Steven Palazzo of Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District caused great alarm among his constituents when he co-sponsored a bill to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mississippi’s Fourth District is in a low-lying coastal area. Wetlands and the riparian areas along the Mississippi coasts’ many estuaries provide critical storm protection to residents. Irresponsible development threatens these wetlands. Mississippi’s failing sewerage systems leads to constantly closed beaches. Shrimp, oyster and fish populations are in serious decline. Dolphin and turtle mortality is at historic levels.
The management of storm water runoff is poorly enforced.
Mississippi’s coast is the main driver of our state’s economy. We need clean, healthy water for thriving tourism and fishing industries. Congressman Palazzo’s support of a bill to eliminate the EPA is bad for Mississippi.