The new water plant proposed by a Mississippi-based company could help save the state from a deadly algae bloom that is causing a surge in the number of cases of the disease in the Gulf.
Algae blooms can cause more severe and deadly symptoms, including high fevers and brain damage, than other types of algae.
The algae are a byproduct of industrial activity and pollution, but their growth is slowing as warmer water supplies and the use of wastewater treatment are changing the way we treat the water.
In a statement, Mississippi Gov.
Tate Reeves said the plant would create up to 10,000 jobs.
The plant would be built on reclaimed land and would be operated by Mississippi-headquartered Polymer Water, which is owned by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Aquarium.
A project by the Florida-based Southern Company would build a similar plant in Mississippi, the statement said.
Southern’s proposal was a $5.5 billion investment, according to the company.
A group of about 20 companies, including Louisiana-based BIO Energy, have applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for permits to test the plants water, the release said.
The EPA will decide if the applications qualify.
The EPA is studying the proposal and is awaiting the agency’s response, a spokesman said.