The Water Quality Criteria for Intrastate, Interstate, and Coastal Water were created to embody both state and federal law. State law mandates the protection of public health and welfare and the present use of waters for public water supplies, propagation of fish and aquatic life and wildlife, recreational purposes, and agricultural, industrial, and other legitimate uses. The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to adopt water quality standards.
The Wastewater Regulations for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permits, State Permits, Water Quality Based Effluent Limitations and Water Quality Certification are a series of environmental regulations, permit requirements and standards that are applicable to any new energy generation development project, given that there is some waste associated with the development. Most of the regulations and permits required are very close, if not exactly the same, in language to the Federal Clean Water Act.
The Underground Storage Tank Regulations for the Certification of Persons who Install, Alter, and Remove Underground Storage Tanks applies to any project that will install, alter or remove underground storage tank systems in Mississippi. These regulations mandates that no person may install, alter, or remove underground storage tank systems in this state unless that person holds current certification from the Department of Environmental Quality.
The Underground Storage Tank Regulations is relevant to all energy projects that will require the use and building of pipelines, underground storage of any sorts, and/or electrical equipment. The term Underground Storage Tank (UST) does not include any pipe facility (including gathering lines) regulated under: The Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 (49. U.S.C. App. 1971), The Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act of 1979 (49 U.S.C. App. 2001), an intrastate pipeline facility regulated under state laws comparable to this these.
The Development Infrastructure Grant Program (DIP) is a grant program that is available to fund publicly owned infrastructure, including electricity generation and distribution. Funding from this program can be used by municipalities and counties to assist with the location or expansion of businesses. Usage of the funds must be directly related to the construction, renovation, or expansion of industry. The maximum grant per project is $150,000.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) ''energy right'' In-Home Energy Evaluation Pilot Program encourages the installation of energy-efficiency improvements in existing single family dwellings. The program offers an in-home energy assessment as well as financing options and rebates/incentives to help homeowners who choose to make investments in significant energy efficiency improvements. Evaluations are performed by TVA-certified energy advisers and installed measures are inspected after installation.
The TVA energy right Water Heater Plan promotes the installation of high efficiency water heaters in homes and small businesses. TVA provides a $50 incentive to local power companies for each installation. Power Companies may pass these incentives on to customers.
Customers should contact their local power company to see what programs are offered.