DEQ Communications - 5 days ago Category: News Releases
DEQ Communications - 7 days ago Category: News ReleasesLouisiana, like the rest of the nation, produces more garbage in December than any other month. Reducing, recycling and reusing helps reduce trash and keeps it out of the environment and landfills. You can "Be the Solution" and have a more waste-free holiday season by following a few simple tips from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
DEQ Communications - 8 days ago Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering training for permit holders on the use of the NetDMR online application for the submission of discharge monitoring reports. A Discharge Monitoring Report, known as a DMR, is a self-reporting document that is generated by those who hold a Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The DMR contains information pertaining to water discharges into waters of the state.
DEQ Communications - 27 days ago Category: Criminal InvestigationAn Iberville Parish man was sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the 18th Judicial District Court for violating Louisiana's Water Control Law and the Environmental Quality Act for the second time in three years. Tommy M. Francise, 58, of Plaquemine, illegally dumped wastes, and grease into a drainage canal behind his residence on Talbot Drive in Plaquemine.
DEQ Communications - 11/5/2013 9:06:18 AM Category: Criminal InvestigationA former Ascension parish resident was sentenced yesterday for illegally discharging wastes from the Armant Environmental Services (AES) plant, a now-closed wastewater treatment facility in Vacherie, Louisiana.
DEQ Communications - 10/31/2013 9:16:27 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality recently selected Caldwell Parish as the next stop for its drinking water protection campaign, "Protect Drinking Water One Drop at a Time." The goal of the program is to increase the public's awareness and participation in protecting local drinking water sources. Do you know what your drinking water source is and how to protect it? The DEQ Drinking Water Protection Team has the answers to those and many other questions.
DEQ Communications - 10/24/2013 12:04:30 PM Category: Criminal InvestigationToday, an Evangeline Parish man who was arrested on March 27, for illegally burning waste tires in the town of Basile, pled guilty to state criminal environmental charges in 13th Judicial District Court in Ville Platte.
DEQ Communications - 10/22/2013 7:02:40 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Ascension 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 public awareness and participation in protecting their drinking water sources.
DEQ Communications - 10/15/2013 1:06:02 PM Category: News ReleasesWhat's Inside?
DEQ on the move throughout the state; DEQ working with
partners on statewide Nutrient Management Strategy;
DEQ holds Enviroschool session on updates to
Environmental Regulations; DEQ participates in diesel emissions
reduction project in Port Allen;
Regional offices cover the state
DEQ Communications - 10/9/2013 8:20:22 AM Category: News ReleasesToday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality signed the Cooperative Agreement for Remedial Action for Bayou d'Inde in the Calcasieu Estuary. The agreement was also signed by the other participating parties: Citgo, PPG, Axiall, Occidental Chemical Corporation and Oxy USA, Inc.
DEQ Communications - 9/27/2013 2:09:42 PM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality announced today that employees will be receiving a four percent performance adjustment, beginning Oct. 1.
DEQ Communications - 9/16/2013 12:06:18 PM Category: News ReleasesThe East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana State Police, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, are cracking down on the use of altered and counterfeit inspection stickers on vehicles. In the last 10 weeks, more than 200 fraudulent stickers have been located and confiscated. Investigations have shown that these inspection stickers have been issued to drivers who lack the proper paperwork or whose vehicles would not pass inspection.
DEQ Communications - 9/12/2013 2:03:27 PM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a free seminar entitled "Air Permits 101: Understanding the Basics" in four different locations around the state. The session will give you a basic understanding of air permitting including the types, associated regulations and the permitting process.
DEQ Communications - 9/12/2013 9:50:51 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a free EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategy Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 26. The workshop will be held in the Pensacola Room of DEQ headquarters at 602 N. Fifth Street, Baton Rouge.
DEQ Communications - 9/10/2013 7:21:33 AM Category: News ReleasesOn August 30, the Louisiana State Police's Transportation and Environmental Safety unit presented certificates of recognition to DEQ Emergency Responders Bryan Riche' and Lee Lemond for their work to secure the damaged Stolthaven New Orleans, LLC, facility in Braithwaite during the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac in August 2012. Hurricane Isaac was a slow-moving storm that produced a large storm surge and caused severe damage to the environment as well as several residential properties and commercial facilities along Louisiana's coastal parishes.
DEQ Communications - 8/23/2013 1:41:37 PM Category: News ReleasesToday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued a penalty to ExxonMobil Corporation in the amount of $61,912.39 for violations associated with a June 14, 2012, steam-cracked naptha release at the Baton Rouge Complex. DEQ has also approved a proposed settlement agreement totaling $2,329,000 with ExxonMobil to resolve other violations which occurred between 2008-2013 at the Baton Rouge Refinery and three other facilities owned and/operated by ExxonMobil Corporation in the Baton Rouge area. The proposed settlement agreement must be public noticed and reviewed by the Attorney General's Office before it can be finalized.
DEQ Communications - 8/15/2013 9:53:25 AM Category: News Releases
Jan Boydstun, recently retired DEQ Senior Environmental Scientist, was honored with an award from the Association of Clean Water Administrators at the organization's 52nd Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
DEQ Communications - 7/26/2013 10:42:33 AM Category: Criminal InvestigationYesterday, officers with the New Orleans Police Department 7th District arrested an Orleans Parish man on an outstanding warrant for the alleged illegal dumping of solid waste in New Orleans East. The arrest warrant was signed on June 25, 2013, and originated during an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
DEQ Communications - 7/25/2013 11:27:06 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality reports that algal blooms and current high temperatures may cause fish kills, odors and an increase in water discoloration in Louisiana waterways. Lake Verret is one of the water bodies reported to DEQ for discolored water. Concerns have also been expressed about the lake's salinity.
DEQ Communications - 7/8/2013 9:16:18 AM Category: News Releases
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is distributing an updated Hurricane Resource Manual to all 64 parishes. The manual contains information pertaining to hurricane/emergency recovery assistance as it relates to permitting, debris collection and environmental cleanup resources. This is the second year DEQ has compiled the manual for the parishes.
DEQ Communications - 7/3/2013 12:53:53 PM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has asked the public to be aware of a possible increase in fish kills and odors throughout area water bodies as a result of algal blooms in waterways as well as the current high temperatures affecting the state.
DEQ Communications - 7/3/2013 6:21:30 AM Category: News ReleasesJeff Dauzat, an Environmental Scientist with Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, recently received two awards from the U.S. Coast Guard at the New Orleans Area Committee Meeting.
DEQ Communications - 6/28/2013 11:23:25 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Enviroschool will host four free sessions on environmental regulation updates. The sessions will provide a review of some state and federal regulations and their implications. Included in the sessions will be help in understanding the delegation of authority to DEQ, how regulations govern the DEQ activities and processes and how the public can participate in the rule making process. The session will also include a review of any new regulatory changes resulting from of the recent legislative session.
DEQ Communications - 6/26/2013 8:27:39 AM Category: Criminal InvestigationA guilty plea was entered yesterday at the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court by J & L Demolition and Dumpsters, LLC, a demolition and disposal business located at 9330 Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. The company was cited for illegal disposal of solid waste stemming from a multi-agency compliance operation that began in the fall of 2010.
DEQ Communications - 6/19/2013 10:01:53 AM Category: News ReleasesToday, the U S Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Criminal Investigation Division, Special Agent in Charge, Ivan J. Vikin presented a check to DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch for $500,000. This check represents the community service payment to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Trust fund pursuant to Temple Inland�s sentencing on May 29 in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, for violating one misdemeanor count of the Clean Water Act.
DEQ Communications - 6/17/2013 6:36:12 AM Category: News ReleasesDEQ placed second in the 2013 EnviroFlash Challenge by adding479 new subscribers from April 8 to May 31. Thirty agencies throughout the nation competed and recruited a total of 2,179 new subscribers nationwide.
DEQ Communications - 5/28/2013 1:36:12 PM Category: News ReleasesThe public is invited to attend the Livingston Parish Drinking Water Protection Program Committee Meeting, Tuesday, June 4, at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the city of Walker DPW Building, 13730 Ballpark Road, Walker.
DEQ Communications - 4/29/2013 2:09:55 PM Category: News ReleasesRECAP is the regulation which DEQ utilizes to evaluate and clean up sites within the state with potential impact to the groundwater and/or soil (such as a large oil leak, illegal dumping event or chemical release).
The RECAP regulation establishes DEQ's minimum remediation standards for present
DEQ Communications - 4/29/2013 11:36:17 AM Category: News ReleasesSeveral organizations that work for cleaner air held a press conference at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today to recognize Air Quality Awareness Month and to promote the Advance Program.May is Air Quality Awareness month, both nationally and in Louisiana. While the air quality in Louisiana is better than it has been since the implementation of the Clean Air Act, May is also traditionally the start of ozone season. DEQ is encouraging citizens to become familiar with the Air Quality Index, to understand what causes ozone formation and to take voluntary steps to help prevent the formation, further improve air quality and meet or continue to meet the current national air quality standards.
DEQ Communications - 4/18/2013 8:38:01 AM Category: News ReleasesIn mid-May, environmental scientists from the Southwestern Regional Office of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be commencing a comprehensive water quality investigation of the watersheds in Calcasieu Parish.
DEQ Communications - 4/16/2013 12:55:44 PM Category: Criminal InvestigationToday, Carr William Brown, 53, of Vidalia entered a plea of guilty as a result of the illegal discharges of pollutants into state waters in Cameron Parish. Brown is an employee of Mandeville-based T&F Oil Company.
DEQ Communications - 4/10/2013 9:58:18 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will perform the second phase of a series of dye studies on Bayou Lafourche in Assumption and Lafourche Parishes. The study will start the week of April 15 and end the week of April 22.
DEQ Communications - 4/4/2013 10:22:30 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Coast Guard, along with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and partner agencies, are responding to reports of an odor that was in the vicinity of New Orleans, Wednesday.
DEQ Communications - 3/27/2013 8:55:36 AM Category: Criminal InvestigationToday, investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested an Evangeline Parish man for the alleged illegal burning of waste tires. Officers with the Basile Police Department originally responded to a burning complaint on March 8 at 2348 Guillory Street in Basile. The findings of that investigation were forwarded to DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division which led to the arrest.
DEQ Communications - 3/26/2013 8:10:09 AM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality continues to enhance its electronic business model and has developed many online services, including the ability to pay fees. All fees invoiced by the department can be paid online. This includes monitoring and maintenance fees, annual registration fees, annual licensing fees and most pre-paid application fees.
DEQ Communications - 3/19/2013 8:29:04 AM Category: News Releases
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Regional Planning Commission are seeking input from the public on air quality strategies to reduce ozone formation and maintain attainment with the national standards.
DEQ Communications - 3/21/2013 10:59:22 AM Category: News Releases
One in every 10 homes has a leak that is wasting at least 90 gallons of water per day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program encourages Americans to check and replace leaky plumbing fixtures and sprinkler systems, helping households save more than 10,000 gallons of water per year and as much as 10 percent on utility bills.