DEQ Communications - 5 hours ago Category: News ReleasesDEQ 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 Communications - 13 days ago 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 Communications - 28 days ago Category: News ReleasesThe 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.
DEQ Communications - 1/16/2014 10:50:49 AM Category: News ReleasesThe 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.
DEQ Communications - 1/23/2014 11:31:37 AM Category: News ReleasesRegistration 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 Communications - 1/22/2014 11:46:33 AM Category: News ReleasesIt 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.
DEQ Communications - 1/10/2014 3:51:50 PM Category: News ReleasesExxonMobil 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.
DEQ Communications - 12/19/2013 4:19:54 PM Category: News ReleasesA review copy of the draft Louisiana Nutrient Management Strategy is now available and the state is accepting public comment on it until Jan. 31, 2014. Louisiana Nutrient Management Strategy: Protection, Improvement, and Restoration of Water Quality in Louisiana's Water Bodies focuses on factors such as nitrogen and phosphorus that may impact local water bodies as well as contribute to seasonal low dissolved oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico.
DEQ Communications - 12/16/2013 1:53:10 PM Category: News ReleasesThe Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has compiled a list of commonly used environmental acronyms and it is now available on the DEQ website. Understanding the technical terms and abbreviations connected with environmental regulation and protection can be difficult. The Acronym Directory is an alphabetical list of acronyms commonly used by DEQ and other state agencies as it relates to matters concerning environmental protection and DEQ-related operations. This directory should make it easier to decipher documents and technical writing.
DEQ Communications - 12/5/2013 11:00:23 AM Category: News Releases
DEQ Communications - 12/3/2013 3:17:51 PM 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 - 12/2/2013 10:24:35 AM 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 - 11/13/2013 1:25:27 PM 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 10:06:18 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 10:16:27 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 1:04:30 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 8:02:40 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 2:06:02 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 9:20:22 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 3:09:42 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 1:06:18 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 3:03:27 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 10:50:51 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 8:21:33 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 2:41:37 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.