DEQ and Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition seeking input on ozone reductions strategies
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition are seeking input from the public on air quality strategies to reduce ozone formation and maintain attainment with the national standards. DEQ has created a statewide survey that allows the public to make suggestions on how improve air quality in their own geographic are.
DEQ takes measures to address elevated SO2 levels at Chalmette monitor
On Jan. 11-12, the Department of Environmental Quality used its Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory to conduct additional air sampling in St. Bernard Parish. This effort was undertaken because the Chalmette Vista air monitor site has shown levels of SO2 above the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard of 75 parts per billion and as a result of recent odor complaints.
DEQ monitoring for odor concerns in Chalmette
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has deployed its Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory and other resources to the Chalmette area in St. Bernard Parish in response to odor concerns that began yesterday evening.
Calcasieu Parish man sentenced in waste tire burning case
A Sulphur man pled guilty Monday to one felony count of illegally disposing a substance that could endanger human health.
Registration is now open for the Louisiana Envirothon environmental competition
Registration for the Louisiana Envirothon environmental competition to be held, March 9 at the LSU Ag Center Burden Center in Baton Rouge, is now open.
Enviroschool to offer session on emergency response in Monroe
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Enviroschool is offering a free session on DEQ emergency response. This session is in Monroe and will provide an overview of the role and activities handled by the Emergency Response Division of DEQ. Some of the topics will include what happens when there's an emergency situation, DEQ's role and response during emergencies and procedures regarding. The session is geared toward the general public and people working in the emergency response professions such as first responders from the fire department, police department or local offices of emergency preparedness.
DEQ sends reminder about open burning regulations
When people burn waste, it causes air pollution and, in some cases, can be illegal. Open burning of certain materials is prohibited in Louisiana. There are also local ordinances pertaining to what can and can't be burned. If you have a trash pile and burn household waste, construction debris or anything other than vegetative matter, you could pay a fine Some materials that should NEVER be burned are:
Plastic and other synthetic materials
Tires and other rubber products
Paints, household and agricultural chemicals
Asphalt shingles, heavy oils, wire
Newspaper, cardboard and other paper products
Buildings and mobile homes