Land News Archives

DEQ places second in EPA national EnviroFlash Challenge

DEQ placed second in the 2013 EnviroFlash Challenge by adding479 new subscribers from April 8 to May 31. Thirty agencies throughout the nation competed and recruited a total of 2,179 new subscribers nationwide.

Public Input requested on RECAP Appendix D

RECAP is the regulation which DEQ utilizes to evaluate and clean up sites within the state with potential impact to the groundwater and/or soil (such as a large oil leak, illegal dumping event or chemical release). The RECAP regulation establishes DEQ's minimum remediation standards for present

Evangeline Parish man arrested for alleged illegal burning of waste tires

Today, investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested an Evangeline Parish man for the alleged illegal burning of waste tires. Officers with the Basile Police Department originally responded to a burning complaint on March 8 at 2348 Guillory Street in Basile. The findings of that investigation were forwarded to DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division which led to the arrest.

Envirothon 2013 environmental competition held at LSU AgCenter Burden Center

Seven teams participated in the 2013 Louisiana Envirothon Environmental Competition was held March 9 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge. The teams participated in an environmental educational contest that consisted of testing at area stations in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, the current issue, sustainable ranchland management and an oral presentation.

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.

Jefferson Parish man pleads guilty to submitting false records to DEQ

Today, Marc Victoriano, 38, of Marrero, pled guilty in 19th Judicial District Court to knowingly making a false representation on a form filed with DEQ. Victoriano is the operator of Professional Safety Consultants, an asbestos abatement training provider. In 2009, Victoriano knowingly prepared asbestos course forms that falsely misrepresented the number of accredited instructors teaching asbestos training courses. DEQ regulations require that two or more accredited instructors must be listed for each asbestos training course. Victoriano knowingly submitted the false forms to DEQ in Baton Rouge with the name of an instructor that was out of the state on the dates the classes were taught.

Cleanup of Marine Shale Processors site in St. Mary parish to commence in February

Cleanup activities are set to commence again soon at the Marine Shale Processors site in St. Mary Parish. The cleanup will involve dismantling portions of the facility and disposing of all the waste contained in the tanks and equipment at offsite locations permitted to accept the waste.

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.