Office of Environmental Compliance

P.O. Box 4312
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4312
Phone: (225) 219-3710
Fax: (225)219-3708

Chance McNeely

Assistant Secretary

Office of Environmental Compliance 

A native of Stonewall in Desoto Parish, McNeely graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. Before joining the Jindal administration, McNeely served as legislative staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives with a focus on energy and environmental issues.




Organization and Functions

The Office of Environmental Compliance is divided into four divisions:

Tom Killeen


Inspection Division

Killeen attended the University of New Orleans and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science Degree in Zoology. He has been employed by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and its predecessor agency since 1982 and has worked in various Clean Water Act programs including compliance, surveillance, enforcement and permits. Killeen was selected as the Senior Technical Advisor for the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) Permit Program under DEQ reorganization in 2001 and served as an LPDES Permit Manager from 2004 -2012. Killeen is currently Inspection Division Administrator.

Function: To inspect facilities for compliance with their permits or other authorizations by the department (regulations, or enforcement actions) and to respond to complaints.

  • Regional Offices
  • Surveillance
  • Inspections
  • Early Warning Organic Compound Detection System (EWOCDS)
  • Complaint Resolution
  • Ambient Water Quality Monitoring
  • Regional Compliance Activities

Evita Lagard


Assessment Division

Lagard received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Southern University. She has been employed with DEQ since 1989. She has worked in permitting, enforcement and surveillance in solid waste, hazardous waste, UST and Stage I and II. She was named the Assessment Division Administrator in September 2013.

Function: To evaluate the overall quality of the air and water resources of the state and to respond to emergency situations and/or releases, including those from radiation sources.



UST and Remediation Division

Fulton, who started his career at DEQ in 1996, has been detailed to the position of Administrator for the UST (underground storage tank) and Remediation Division of the Office of Environmental Compliance. Prior to starting work at DEQ, Fulton worked in the private sector investigating and remediating underground storage tank sites and in investigation and remediation at solid waste, hazardous waste, RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and superfund sites. Fulton accepted an environmental scientist position at DEQ in the Inactive and Abandoned Sites Division providing remediation recommendation at state Superfund sites.  He worked as a geologist as well as a supervisor and manager in the Remediation Services Division. 


Fulton has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg.  


Function: To protect the soil and groundwater resources of the state from unauthorized and historical releases to the environment from leaking USTs and other sources (old landfills and historical spills that occurred before environmental regulations).

Celena Cage


Enforcement Division

Cage received her Bachelor of Science degree in health science from Alcorn State University. She has worked the DEQ for more than 16 years in air and water enforcement, as well as water permitting. Prior to joining LDEQ, she worked in the environmental laboratory field. She was named administrator of the Enforcement Division in September 2010.

  • Enforcement Actions
  • Beneficial Environmental Projects
  • Settlement Agreements


The mission of the environmental compliance program is the ensure the public and occupational welfare of the people and environmental resources of Louisiana by conducting inspections of permitted facilities and activities, responding to environmental emergencies and issuing sound enforcement actions. The program establishes a multi-media compliance approach; creates a uniform approach to compliance; assigns accountability and responsibility to the appropriate parties; provides standardized radioactive material training to compliance; and provides for the execution and timely resolution of activities.


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