DEQ, Senator Mike Walsworth present EPA grant to ULM
Peggy Hatch, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and Senator Mike Walsworth, chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, presented an EPA grant to the University of Louisiana at Monroe today in Monroe. Dr. Nick J. Bruno, president of ULM, and Dr. Kevin Baer, principal investigator and toxicology department chair, accepted the grant.
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 offers online suggestions form for the public
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has recently launched an online suggestion form for use by the public for the purpose of submitting ideas to the department.
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.
DEQ investigating illegal dumping of oil in Jefferson Davis Parish
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Criminal Investigation Division and Emergency Response are investigating the illegal dumping of oil in Jefferson Davis Parish. On or about Jan. 3 or 4, five 55-gallon drums of used motor oil and off-road diesel were thrown into a ditch on the west side of Lyons Road near East Grand Marais Ditch. Two of the drums were dumped into the East Grand Marais ditch. About six five-gallon buckets of an unknown oily substance were also dumped.
City of Pineville sentenced in illegal discharge case
The city of Pineville was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana in Alexandria, stemming from an illegal discharge from a pumping station that occurred in September 2008. The city entered a guilty plea back in October 2011.
DEQ requires payment of more than $2,780,000 in penalties, funding for Beneficial Environmental Projects
Over the past year, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has required payment of more than $2,780,000 in penalties and funding for Beneficial Environmental Projects throughout the state.