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Open burning of flood debris is against the law

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents affected by the recent flood to refrain from open burning of debris. "It is illegal to burn solid waste," LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown said. "We are in contact with local law enforcement officials in parishes and municipalities, and we have advised them to watch for this activity. Not only is this kind of burning illegal, it can release harmful substances into the air that will affect not only the person doing the burning, but that person's neighbors and even people farther away."

Secretary Brown signs Second Amended Emergency order to address debris issues from flooding event

LDEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown today signed a Second Amended Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order. The document expands the range of debris that can be accepted by certain landfills in the 20-parish affected area of the recent Severe Weather. The order is designed to expedite the removal of debris from impacted areas while remaining protective of human health and the environment.

LDEQ cancels class on electronic filing of DMRs

The Enviroschool training session on electronic reporting for discharge monitoring reports scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25, at the LDEQ Conference Center in the Galvez Building in Baton Rouge has been canceled. The session will be held at a later date which has not yet been determined. The revised date will be posted on the LDEQ website when it is available. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

LDEQ issues revised instructions for disposal of flood debris

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a revised chart that explains how residents who are dealing with flood debris should go about segregating their debris into six distinct waste streams. LDEQ asks that residents voluntarily follow the guidelines and separate the waste into individual piles on the curb, one for regular household garbage and waste, one for electronics, one for household hazardous waste, one for white goods, one for construction and demolition debris and one for vegetative debris like tree limbs.

Secretary Brown issues amended declaration of emergency in flooding

LDEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown today issued an Amended Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order concerning the flooding event that affected south Louisiana beginning Aug. 12.

Agencies offer tips on re-entering flooded homes, segregating debris

Cleanup is hot, tiring work. LDEQ, GOHSEP and the Louisiana Department of Health offer some tips on how to do it safely and correctly.

GOHSEP warns of mold danger

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Planning has issued guidelines for dealing with home cleanup after a flood event. The agency warns that delaying cleanup increases the risk of establishing potentially harmful mold.

LDEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown orders emergency actions

LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown today joined Gov. John Bel Edwards in declaring a state of emergency in response to flooding and severe weather in Louisiana on Friday, Aug. 12.

Secretary Brown's declaration orders certain actions in areas regulated by LDEQ, including underground storage tanks, solid waste disposal facilities, open burning and more. The declaration states that "the measures are necessary to prevent irreparable damage to the environment and serious threats to life or safety throughout the Emergency Areas."

LDEQ is sponsoring free training sessions throughout the state on electronic reporting for discharge monitoring reports

Free training sessions are being offered for communities, businesses, and other organizations that will give an understanding of NetDMR and the EPA NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule. This session will provide an overview of the requirements of the electronic reporting rule and their compliance dates (discharge monitoring reports in December 2016 and notices of intent, notices of termination, and other program reports in December 2020). An emphasis will be placed on NetDMR, which is the current electronic reporting system for discharge monitoring reports.

Discover DEQ E Newsletter - July 2016

What's Inside? Waste tire inspections conducted throughout the state, Message from the Secretary, Wastewater Treatment System inspections conducted by DEQ Surveillance Division,Water credits on tap?,Follow DEQ on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, Keep Louisiana Beautiful 2016 Annual State Conference registration open, University of New Orleans students learn about DEQ's Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory, DEQ personnel present, help and exhibit at the Louisiana Rural Water Association Conference, DEQ bids farewell to Geologist Tiffani Barth, Brian Tusa - Regional Office Manager - Southeast Regional Office, DEQ On The Move, Who's Who at DEQ?

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