Office of Environmental Services

Contact Information

P O Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313

Phone: (225) 219-3181
Fax: (225) 219-3309


Assistant Secretary
Elliott Vega

Vega has worked at DEQ about 15 years, most recently as attorney supervisor. He has been deputy general counsel, staff attorney and a permit writer for the agency. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane.

Air Permits – Administrator
Bryan Johnston

Water Permits – Administrator
Scott Guilliams

Guilliams has worked at DEQ 26 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from LSU. Guilliams was administrator in waste permits for two years, then administrator of water permits for three years.

Waste Permits – Administrator
Yolunda Righteous


Public Participation and Permit Support Services – Administrator
Cheryl Nolan

Nolan has been with DEQ 25 years and has served in various roles. She has attended Louisiana College She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology.



The mission of the environmental services program is to ensure that the citizens have a clean and healthy environment to live and work in for present and future generations. This will be accomplished by regulating pollution sources, providing permitting activities consistent with laws and regulations, providing interface between the department and businesses and customers, providing permit support services and improved public participation The permitting activity will provide single entry/contact point for permitting, including a multi-media team approach; improved permit tracking; and the ability to focus on applications with highest potential for environmental impact.