Mississippi State Expenditure Plan Available for
Public Review and Comment

In accordance with the RESTORE Act and its implementing regulations, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking public review and comment on the 2019 Mississippi State Expenditure Plan (MSEP) Amendment.

The RESTORE Act provides that 80% of the civil penalties recovered as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill be directed to the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (Trust Fund) to be used by the five Gulf Coast states to restore and protect the environment and economy in the Gulf Coast region. Monies in the Trust Fund are distributed to five different components, one of which is the Spill Impact Component, also referred to as Bucket 3. This component requires Mississippi, through MDEQ, to prepare a MSEP describing each activity, project or program for which Mississippi seeks funding under Bucket 3 and accounts for 30% of the funds directed to the Trust Fund. Mississippi, as determined by the RESTORE Act, will receive 19.07% of the 35% allocation in Bucket 3.

Mississippi’s 2019 MSEP Amendment is now available for public review and comment.

Please click here to download a copy of the 2019 MSEP Amendment.

Vietnamese translations of the webpage and the amendment.

A copy of the 2019 MSEP Amendment may also be obtained directly from MDEQ by contacting Melanie Green.

Comments on the 2019 MSEP Amendment may be submitted electronically or by mail. The public review and comment period will close at 5:00pm Central Standard Time on Friday, January 17, 2020.

*Funding for all projects included on the 2019 MSEP Amendment is subject to approval by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Inclusion of a project in the 2019 MSEP Amendment does not guarantee funding.