News Releases & Media Advisories

EnviroFlash - the easy way to get current air quality information

DEQ Communications - 13 days ago
Category: News Releases

EnviroFlash, DEQ's free automatic notification system, delivers air quality information to you in a timely and convenient manner. Since May is Air Quality Awareness Month and the start of ozone season, knowing the air quality is important in planning your activities. Through EnviroFlash, information is available to you on a daily basis or on demand.

Grant Parish man arrested for illegal disposal of septic tank wastes

DEQ Communications - 13 days ago
Category: Criminal Investigation

Today, investigators with DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division, deputies from the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office, and troopers from State Police Troop E arrested a Pollock man for the illegal disposal of septic tank wastes and sewage. The arrest took place in conjunction with a search warrant executed at the man's residence.

    EPA announces Baton Rouge is meeting ozone standard

    DEQ Communications - 18 days ago
    Category: News Releases

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that the Baton Rouge area is currently attaining the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. The determination is based on a recent review of air quality data from 2011-2013. The State has decreased ground-level ozone in Baton Rouge which improved air quality and human health for more than 800,000 residents.

      Two DEQ employees receive awards at the Louisiana Solid Waste Conference

      DEQ Communications - 21 days ago
      Category: News Releases

      Two long time DEQ employees received prestigious awards for service at the recent Louisiana Solid Waste Association's Environmental Partnership of Business, Industry and Government Conference in Lafayette.

      2014 Louisiana Envirothon held at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

      DEQ Communications - 21 days ago
      Category: News Releases

      The 2014 Louisiana Envirothon was held at the Botanic Gardens of the LSU AgCenter. Eight teams from around the state participated in the environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6 -12. Teams trained and competed by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2014 current environmental issue was Sustainable Local Agriculture/Locally Grown. Teams also presented a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue through an oral presentation.

      Seven arrested for knowingly submitting false records to DEQ

      DEQ Communications - 29 days ago
      Category: Criminal Investigation

      Today, the Louisiana Environmental Crimes Task Force completed the arrests of seven individuals for knowingly filing or maintaining false public records with DEQ in connection with the vehicle emissions program. Investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of DEQ, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Safety conducted the multi-agency investigation.

        EPA issues order to Army to address abandoned explosives

        DEQ Communications - 3/19/2014 9:55:28 AM
        Category: News Releases

        On March 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an order through its Region 6 office in Dallas to the U.S. Department of the Army to address 15 million pounds of abandoned explosives and propellant stored on the grounds of Camp Minden in Minden.

          DEQ to host free training sessions on air permitting

          DEQ Communications - 3/11/2014 2:35:15 PM
          Category: News Releases

          DEQ will host four free training sessions across the state on Air Permitting 201: Understanding the Details. These sessions will provide more in depth information on air permitting in Louisiana. Participants will learn how the air regulations apply to the development of a permit. Specific examples will be discussed and will cover samples of each typical document included in the permits.

          DEQ 2014 Environmental Leadership Awards presented

          DEQ Communications - 2/26/2014 3:12:42 PM
          Category: News Releases

          Today, DEQ hosted the Environmental Leadership Awards. DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was joined by Representative Gordon Dove, House Natural Resources and Environment Committee chair, to recognize environmental achievements. New and existing members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts and community environmental outreach initiatives. The ceremony highlighted projects that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to substantially improve the quality of the environment.

          DEQ to host free Enviroschool class on MS4 permits

          DEQ Communications - 1/16/2014 10:50:49 AM
          Category: News Releases

          The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring a free Enviroschool class on "Understanding MS4 Permits: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems" in six cities around the state. The training session will help municipalities and contractors understand the MS4 permits and will provide practical applications to clarify permitting issues. All classes will be held from 10 a.m. until noon.

          The City of Kenner works with DEQ to address historical sewer problems

          DEQ Communications - 2/11/2014 4:46:29 PM
          Category: News Releases

          The City of Kenner is working hard with various offices at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to address its historical sewer problems related to both collection and treatment systems.

          Registration is now open for the 2014 Louisiana Envirothon environmental competition

          DEQ Communications - 21 days ago
          Category: News Releases

          Registration for the 2014 Louisiana Envirothon environmental competition to be held, Sat., March 8 at the LSU Ag Center Burden Center in Baton Rouge, is now open.

          DEQ sends reminder about open burning regulations

          DEQ Communications - 1/22/2014 11:46:33 AM
          Category: News Releases

          It is dry in Louisiana right now and wildfires could be started easily, so it is important to know the regulations and laws concerning open burning in the state. When people burn waste, it causes air pollution and, in some cases, can be illegal. Open burning of certain materials is prohibited in Louisiana. If you have a trash pile and burn household waste, construction debris or anything other than vegetative matter, you could be subject to a fine.

          ExxonMobil agrees to $2,329,000 settlement

          DEQ Communications - 1/10/2014 3:51:50 PM
          Category: News Releases

          ExxonMobil will pay $2,329,000 to fund beneficial environmental projects (BEPs) and a spill countermeasures program and to pay civil penalties to DEQ under a settlement agreement finalized Jan. 9.

          Interagency team accepting comments on draft Louisiana Nutrient Management Strategy

          DEQ Communications - 12/19/2013 4:19: