Construction workers continue work at the site of the new Costco off Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.
Construction workers continue work at the site of the new Costco off Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.
RIDGELAND — The latest attempt to stall the Costco construction, this time using environmental regulations, failed this week.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board on Tuesday approved a final report on a Water Quality Certification for the Renaissance Phase III property located on the Highland Colony Parkway just south of Old Agency and visible from I-55.

“The Permit Board will not hear the matter again,,” MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur said Wednesday. “But it will adopt minutes at its next meeting reflecting that it entered Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law regarding this matter.”

The findings of fact and conclusions of law stem from a public hearing earlier this year when prominent Costco opponent and attorney Stephen Maloney petitioned the board to revoke the development’s water quality certification.

“The board held an evidentiary hearing in May,” Lisa Ouzts, an attorney with MDEQ, told the board on Tuesday. “The board did not grant revocation then.”

The board presented the findings in a 17-page document signed by Chairman Chris McDonald that laid out 44 numbered points. The board accepted the findings of the latest study unanimously.

“After a full review of all evidence presented to it and after hearing testimony at the evidentiary hearing, the Permit Board hereby affirms the decision of the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental to deny Stephen M. Maloney’s request for Revocation of the Section 401 Water Quality Certification issued to Renaissance at Colony Park,” McDonald wrote.

Maloney could appeal the board’s decision to Chancery Court, but Wilbur said if Maloney had done so, the board was unaware of it.