DEQ to host free EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategy workshop
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a free EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategy Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 26. The workshop will be held in the Pensacola Room of DEQ headquarters at 602 N. Fifth Street, Baton Rouge.
Enviroschool to present free seminars on Air Permits 101
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a free seminar entitled "Air Permits 101: Understanding the Basics" in four different locations around the state. The session will give you a basic understanding of air permitting including the types, associated regulations and the permitting process.
DEQ issues penalty and approves proposed settlement agreement with ExxonMobil - Public comment period ends on October 21, 2013
Today, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued a penalty to ExxonMobil Corporation in the amount of $61,912.39 for violations associated with a June 14, 2012, steam-cracked naptha release at the Baton Rouge Complex. DEQ has also approved a proposed settlement agreement totaling $2,329,000 with ExxonMobil to resolve other violations which occurred between 2008-2013 at the Baton Rouge Refinery and three other facilities owned and/operated by ExxonMobil Corporation in the Baton Rouge area. The proposed settlement agreement must be public noticed and reviewed by the Attorney General's Office before it can be finalized.
Orleans Parish Demolition Company pleads guilty to illegal dumping in New Orleans East
A guilty plea was entered yesterday at the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court by J & L Demolition and Dumpsters, LLC, a demolition and disposal business located at 9330 Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. The company was cited for illegal disposal of solid waste stemming from a multi-agency compliance operation that began in the fall of 2010.
May is Air Quality Awareness Month in Louisiana
Several organizations that work for cleaner air held a press conference at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today to recognize Air Quality Awareness Month and to promote the Advance Program.May is Air Quality Awareness month, both nationally and in Louisiana. While the air quality in Louisiana is better than it has been since the implementation of the Clean Air Act, May is also traditionally the start of ozone season. DEQ is encouraging citizens to become familiar with the Air Quality Index, to understand what causes ozone formation and to take voluntary steps to help prevent the formation, further improve air quality and meet or continue to meet the current national air quality standards.
DEQ adds VISA to EPay options
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality continues to enhance its electronic business model and has developed many online services, including the ability to pay fees. All fees invoiced by the department can be paid online. This includes monitoring and maintenance fees, annual registration fees, annual licensing fees and most pre-paid application fees.
EPA Marks March 18-24 as Fifth Annual Fix a Leak Week
One in every 10 homes has a leak that is wasting at least 90 gallons of water per day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program encourages Americans to check and replace leaky plumbing fixtures and sprinkler systems, helping households save more than 10,000 gallons of water per year and as much as 10 percent on utility bills.
Environmental Leadership Awards recognize voluntary pollution reductions
Today, DEQ hosted the Environmental Leadership Awards. DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was joined by Senator Mike Walsworth, chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Representative Gordon Dove, chair, House Natural Resources and Environmental Committee, to recognize environmental achievements at the 2013 ceremony. New and existing members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts and community environmental outreach initiatives. The ceremony highlighted projects that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to substantially improve the quality of the environment. In 2013, the ELP enrolled 26 new members.