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DiscoverDEQ - February 2015

What's Inside? DEQ loan to fund Gonzales sewer system improvements, GeauxRide, rideshare program launches soon in Baton Rouge, DEQ's Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Program - Part 1 of 3: The Integrated Report and Water Assessment, DEQ's radiation permit writing and field inspections ensure equipment meets regulations, Service-learning project improves the environment, Bake Sale for the Heart Association-huge success! Ronnie Clark, General Services, retires after 21 years at DEQ, DEQ On the Move,Who's Who At DEQ?

    DEQ's Drinking Water Protection Program moves to Evangeline Parish

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Evangeline Parish as the next stop for its drinking water protection campaign, 'Protect Drinking Water One Drop at a Time.' The program's goal is to increase the public's awareness and participation in protecting the area's drinking water.

    Zachary man pleads guilty to illegal dumping of gasoline and diesel fuel

    A Zachary man was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the 18th Judicial District Court for violating Louisiana's Environmental Quality Act. Leon Wallace, 58, of 23291 Plank Road, Zachary, illegally dumped gasoline and diesel fuel behind a Port Allen video poker casino in January 2013.

      Orleans Parish Man pleads guilty to illegally dumping waste tires in Algiers

      An Orleans Parish man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court for violating Louisiana's Environmental Quality Act. Michele A. Morris, 54, of Algiers, illegally dumped solid waste near 178 Woodland Parkway in Algiers in January 2013.

      DEQ Enviroschool to host free training on construction stormwater permits

      The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Enviroschool is sponsoring free training sessions for communities, businesses and other organizations that will give them an understanding of DEQ construction stormwater permits. These sessions will provide an overview of stormwater general permits and the requirements for operators of construction projects to obtain authorization to discharge stormwater. An emphasis will be placed on new requirements in the 2014 Large Construction General Permit, LAR100000.

      Thirteenth Extension and Reissuance of Sixteenth Amended Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order - Hurricane Katrina

      Discover DEQ - January 2015

      What's Inside?; Technology helps improve water quality; Chance McNeely named assistant secretary for Office of Environmental Compliance; Central Louisiana's waterways undergo monthly water quality testing; DEQ hosts Public Relations and Risk Communications class; Litter Court in St. Tammany Parish combats litter; Online form encourages the public to submit environmental ideas to DEQ; Arbor Day at Burden; "Rocking with Heart" theme of American Heart Association Drive; Who's Who At DEQ?

      State of Louisiana calls on EPA HQ to fulfill responsibility to Louisiana residents and safely dispose of Minden explosives

      Today, DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch and Louisiana National Guard Adjutant Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis called on the EPA to fulfill its obligation to Louisiana residents and safely dispose of M6 explosives at Camp Minden. In a letter today, Hatch and Curtis called on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to "intervene to address the persistent mishandling of M6 disposal at Camp Minden by EPA Region 6."

      St. Mary Drinking Water Protection Program schedules second committee meeting

      The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Drinking Water Protection Program Team has been working with citizens in St. Mary Parish to protect their drinking water. A committee has been formed and the program has scheduled a second meeting.

      McNeely named DEQ assistant secretary for environmental compliance

      Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary Peggy Hatch named Chance McNeely assistant secretary for environmental compliance, a recently vacated unclassified position, effective Jan. 12. McNeely was previously a policy advisor in the Office of the Governor where he served as a liaison to DEQ.

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