Environmental Leadership Awards recognize voluntary pollution reductions
Today, Secretary Peggy Hatch of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was joined by Senator Mike Walsworth, chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee, to recognize environmental achievements at the 2012 Environmental Leadership Program Awards ceremony. New and existing members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts, community environmental education and outreach initiatives. The ceremony highlighted projects that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to substantially improve the quality of the environment. In 2012, the ELP enrolled 15 new members.
DEQ to host Pretreatment Workshop in Baton Rouge
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will hold a Pretreatment Workshop to assist municipalities on Feb 9 from 9:00 A.M-3:00 P.M. The workshop will be held at DEQ Headquarters, 602 N. 5th Street, Baton Rouge in the Oliver Pollock Room. This workshop is intended for municipalities and Publically Owned Treatment Works operators that are required to implement a pretreatment program. Some of the subjects that will be covered are incorporating GIS into a pretreatment
DEQ Drinking Water Protection Program moves to Webster Parish
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality recently selected Webster Parish as the next stop for its drinking water protection campaign, "Protect Drinking Water One Drop at a Time." The program's goal is to increase the public's awareness and participation in protecting their area's drinking water.
DEQ's Water Permits Division issues pesticides pamphlet
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Water Permits Division has authored a pesticides pamphlet that is currently available. The pamphlet will be distributed for the first time at the Environmental Regulatory Compliance Conference (ERCC), which will be held at the Riverfront Center in Alexandria on January 25 and 26, 2012. The pamphlet contains a brief summary of the LPDES Pesticides General Permit including frequently asked questions regarding the discharges covered by the permit.
DEQ, partners celebrate air quality milestone
Today, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and its partners celebrated the redesignation of the five parish area around Baton Rouge from nonattainment to attainment for the air pollutant ozone. EPA's redesignation means it is changing Baton Rouge's status from out of attainment to attainment.
Rapides Parish man pleads guilty to illegal disposal of wastes
Yesterday, a Rapides parish contractor admitted in 9th Judicial District Court to illegally disposing of wastes. Walter Monroe Smith, Sr., 62, of Pineville and owner of Rapides Roofing and Home Repair, pled guilty to two separate felony counts of illegally disposing of wastes that endangered or could have endangered human life or health.