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:
Treadaway named assistant secretary for permits
DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch named Tegan Treadaway assistant secretary for permits at the Department of Environmental Quality on Aug. 4. Treadaway was administrator of air permits under former Assistant Secretary Sam Phillips who left DEQ July 25.
New Jersey man and Louisiana man arrested for the illegal disposal of harmful substances
Today, investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a New Jersey man for felony illegal disposal of harmful substances.
Air quality awareness is topic of EPA, DEQ press event
Today, representatives from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality came together to raise awareness of the importance of air quality for people's health. EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry and DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch spoke about ozone and its effects on air quality and people's health as part of Air Quality Awareness Month. Ozone levels usually rise with warmer temperatures, and higher levels can contribute to breathing problems such as increased asthma attacks. Governor Bobby Jindal declared May as Air Quality Awareness Month to encourage Louisiana residents to learn more about ozone, how it forms, and how it can affect their health. May is also EPA's Asthma Awareness Month, which highlights the connection between air quality and people's health.
Governor proclaims May as Air Quality Awareness Month
Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared May as Air Quality Awareness Month in Louisiana. May is traditionally the start of ozone season and the proclamation was made to encourage citizens to become familiar with the Air Quality Index, to understand what causes ozone formation and to take voluntary steps to help prevent ozone formation and improve air quality.
Grant Parish man arrested for illegal disposal of septic tank wastes
Today, investigators with DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division, deputies from the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office, and troopers from State Police Troop E arrested a Pollock man for the illegal disposal of septic tank wastes and sewage. The arrest took place in conjunction with a search warrant executed at the man's residence.
Two DEQ employees receive awards at the Louisiana Solid Waste Conference
Two long time DEQ employees received prestigious awards for service at the recent Louisiana Solid Waste Association's Environmental Partnership of Business, Industry and Government Conference in Lafayette.