EPA to Host Free Webinar on Sustainable Solutions for Alexandria and Pineville
Attention local citizens, industry representatives, environmental managers and non-profits: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are sponsoring a free informational webinar on Thursday, April 16, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. CST.
DEQ, LDAF sign agreement to define BMP process
Staff members at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) collaborated and came up with a way to mainstream both agencies' paperwork and regulatory workloads, recycle some valuable assets, stimulate more agricultural production and at the same time, help keep the environment clean and safe for human health.
2015 Envirothon environmental competition held at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
The 2015 Louisiana Envirothon Environmental Competition was held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge. Five teams from grades 9 through 12 participated in an environmental problem solving competition that consisted of testing in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, the current issue on Urban and Community Forestry and an oral presentation.
DEQ 2015 Environmental Leadership Program Awards presented
Today, DEQ hosted the Environmental Leadership Awards at the DEQ headquarters in the Galvez building in downtown Baton Rouge. DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was joined by Sen. Mike Walsworth, chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and Rep. Gordon Dove, chair, House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, to recognize environmental achievements. Members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts, community environmental outreach initiatives, and environmental management systems that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to improve the environment
Southern Environmental Enforcement Network recognizes EPA Baton Rouge Resident Office
The Baton Rouge office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division (USEPA-CID) was recognized March 4 by the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network (SEEN) for outstanding achievement in environmental enforcement and extraordinary support of the SEEN. Geary Allen, executive director of SEEN, presented a plaque to Brett Spiers, resident agent in charge of the Baton Rouge office, acknowledging the office's excellent work.
McNeely named DEQ assistant secretary for environmental compliance
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary Peggy Hatch named Chance McNeely assistant secretary for environmental compliance, a recently vacated unclassified position, effective Jan. 12. McNeely was previously a policy advisor in the Office of the Governor where he served as a liaison to DEQ.
EPA settlements with violators benefit communities
Agreements will result in more than $1.8 million in special environmental projects from companies in La., Texas and N.M.