A DEPARTMENT OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA

Office of Environmental Compliance

Contact Information

P.O. Box 4312
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4312

Phone: (225) 219-3710
Fax: (225) 219-3708
Email: deqoec@la.gov

Leadership

Assistant Secretary
Lourdes Iturralde

Iturralde received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University and received a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University. She has been employed with LDEQ since 1990. She has more than 20 years in the Enforcement Division of LDEQ in various positions, including supervisor, manager, and administrator. Iturralde was promoted to Enforcement Administrator in March 2008 and in September 2010 was moved to administrator in the Public Participation and Permit Support Services Division until she was appointed assistant secretary.


Surveillance - Administrator
Mike Algero

Algero joined the LDEQ in 1989 as an air inspector in LDEQ’s Southeast Regional Office. During his 27 year career with LDEQ, he gained experience as an inspector, supervisor, manager, and administrator in the Surveillance Division. While growing up in New Orleans Algero attended Holy Cross High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Tulane University in 1986.


Emergency and Radiological Services Division - Administrator
Bryan Riche

Riche received his Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture science at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1991 and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from McNeese State University in 2005. Riche started working at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in 2007 in Southeast Regional Office (SERO) as an Emergency Responder (ER) in the Assessment Division. He was promoted to ER Supervisor in 2011, ER Manager in 2013 and currently serves as Administrator of Assessment Division.


Enforcement Division - Administrator
Celena Cage

Cage received her Bachelor of Science degree in health science from Alcorn State University. She has worked the LDEQ for more than 16 years in air and water enforcement, as well as water permitting. Prior to joining LDEQ, she worked in the environmental laboratory field. She was named administrator of the Enforcement Division in September 2010.

Mission

The mission of the environmental compliance program is the ensure the public and occupational welfare of the people and environmental resources of Louisiana by conducting inspections of permitted facilities and activities, responding to environmental emergencies and issuing sound enforcement actions. The program establishes a multi-media compliance approach; creates a uniform approach to compliance; assigns accountability and responsibility to the appropriate parties; provides standardized radioactive material training to compliance; and provides for the execution and timely resolution of activities.

Divisions