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Hub residents, city officials, DEQ meet over forest products company

Palmer's Crossing residents listen to officials with the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality during a public meeting Tuesday night. Palmer's Crossing residents listen to officials with the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality during a public meeting Tuesday night.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Residents of Palmer's Crossing joined Hattiesburg city officials Tuesday night in opposing a new forest products company they claim would pollute the environment. They met with the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality at a public hearing at the Hinton Community Center. The D.E.Q. is considering issuing permits to In-Line Forest Products to operate a wood fumigation facility on Hood Road.

Residents and city officials say it would emit dangerous toxins.

During the meeting, the city council presented a resolution signed by all the council members and Mayor Johnny Dupree urging the D.E.Q. to reject the company's permit request.

"It is too close for comfort," said Nathan Jordan, vice-president of the Community Action Team of Palmer's Crossing. "No now, no tomorrow and no forever more for this deadly chemical," Jordan said.

"It doesn't need to be down here," said Sharon Dumas, a resident of Palmer's Crossing who lives near the the proposed site for the company. "Let them take it to their neighborhood, let them kill their family, because you're not going to kill my family and I'm talking about the whole community," Dumas said.

"Let me tell you something, we're gonna fight to make sure that your will is granted," said Ward 5 councilman Henry Naylor, who presented the resolution to D.E.Q. officials.  

Those officials declined to be interviewed.

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