Xplor Energy pleads guilty to felony Clean Water Act violation
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that XPLOR Energy SPV-1, Inc. ("XPLOR"), an Oklahoma corporation residing in Southlake, Texas, pled guilty today to a one-count bill of information which charged the company with knowingly violating the Clean Water Act, Title 33, United States Code, Section 1319(c)(2)(A).
Washington Parish School Board must institute asbestos handling training
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today that his office has agreed to defer prosecution on the bill of information it filed against the Washington Parish School Board ("school board") charging it with a felony violation of the Clean Air Act for failing to notify the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality of the 2011 demolition of the Old Pine High School which contained regulated asbestos containing material.
Outdoor Burn Ban in LaSalle Parish announced by Department of Agriculture and Forestry
LaSalle Parish is currently under an outdoor burn ban. Residents are advised not to burn any materials while the burn ban is in effect. Link: http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/alerts/burn-ban-in-effect-for-lasalle-parish/
DEQ's Drinking Water Protection Program moves to St. Mary Parish
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has selected St. Mary 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 issues order to halt Shreveport landfill operations
Today, the Department of Environmental Quality, working with the State Fire Marshal's Office, issued an administrative order requiring a Shreveport landfill owned by Harrelson Material Management Inc. to cease all landfill disposal operations at its Russell Road construction and demolition landfill.
Felony environmental charges added for Lafourche Parish man accused of theft and criminal damage to property
Investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality obtained a felony arrest warrant on Sept. 11, 2014, for a Lafourche Parish man for the illegal discharge of diesel fuel into state waterways.
Louisiana Issues Initial Comments to EPA, Points to Bad Data and Recommends Scrapping New Emission Rule
Today, Secretary Peggy Hatch issued the following initial comments with the accompanying letter to the EPA, highlighting data inaccuracies in the EPA's new emission rule as well as the damaging effects the rule would have on Louisiana's economy: