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Discover DEQ - August 2016 newsletter

What's Inside? LDEQ helps communities affected by August flood, Message from the Secretary, No-till grain drills to improve water quality,Core values and questions for Dr. Chuck Carr Brown, Open burning of household garbage,solid waste is prohibited in Louisiana, Dr. Chuck Carr Brown and the agency executive staff visit LDEQ regional offices in northern Louisiana, New tablets to streamline field services at LDEQ, "From the heart" - it's what Camp Challenge is about, Vote for your favorite business card design!,Who's Who At DEQ?

    LDEQ speeds up flood debris removal process

    The debris staging site at North Sherwood Forest Boulevard has had an immediate impact on the pace of the debris removal in East Baton Rouge Parish. According to officials with DRC (the company contracting to manage the removal), since the staging site was activated, haul efficiency increased by 66 percent, resulting in an increase in volume of debris removed from 17,000 cubic yards per day to 60,000 cubic yards per day. The site is authorized by LDEQ. An additional staging site on Joor Road is authorized by LDEQ for the city of Central; however, this site has not yet begun operation.

    LDEQ offers tips for asbestos handling during flood events

    If you are cleaning up flood debris from a home, especially one built before 1980, you may encounter asbestos-containing material. LDEQ has some information on the proper handling and disposal of asbestos-containing debris and contact information for individuals who have asbestos-related questions. The LDEQ debris hotline number is (225) 364-7901.

    Open burning of flood debris is against the law

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents affected by the recent flood to refrain from open burning of debris. "It is illegal to burn solid waste," LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown said. "We are in contact with local law enforcement officials in parishes and municipalities, and we have advised them to watch for this activity. Not only is this kind of burning illegal, it can release harmful substances into the air that will affect not only the person doing the burning, but that person's neighbors and even people farther away."

    Secretary Brown signs Second Amended Emergency order to address debris issues from flooding event

    LDEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown today signed a Second Amended Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order. The document expands the range of debris that can be accepted by certain landfills in the 20-parish affected area of the recent Severe Weather. The order is designed to expedite the removal of debris from impacted areas while remaining protective of human health and the environment.

    LDEQ cancels class on electronic filing of DMRs

    The Enviroschool training session on electronic reporting for discharge monitoring reports scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25, at the LDEQ Conference Center in the Galvez Building in Baton Rouge has been canceled. The session will be held at a later date which has not yet been determined. The revised date will be posted on the LDEQ website when it is available. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

    LDEQ issues revised instructions for disposal of flood debris

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a revised chart that explains how residents who are dealing with flood debris should go about segregating their debris into six distinct waste streams. LDEQ asks that residents voluntarily follow the guidelines and separate the waste into individual piles on the curb, one for regular household garbage and waste, one for electronics, one for household hazardous waste, one for white goods, one for construction and demolition debris and one for vegetative debris like tree limbs.

    Secretary Brown issues amended declaration of emergency in flooding

    LDEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown today issued an Amended Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order concerning the flooding event that affected south Louisiana beginning Aug. 12.

    Agencies offer tips on re-entering flooded homes, segregating debris

    Cleanup is hot, tiring work. LDEQ, GOHSEP and the Louisiana Department of Health offer some tips on how to do it safely and correctly.

    GOHSEP warns of mold danger

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Planning has issued guidelines for dealing with home cleanup after a flood event. The agency warns that delaying cleanup increases the risk of establishing potentially harmful mold.

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