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News Release Archives

Calcasieu Parish couple arrested for knowingly violating environmental permit

Today investigators with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Criminal Investigation Division arrested a Calcasieu Parish couple on 15 felony violations of Louisiana�s Water Control Law. Ronnie LaRocca, 54, and Katherine LaRocca, 51, residing at 2530 Carlo Henry Road, own and operate Oak Forest Mobile Home Park on La. 3059 east of La. 171 in Lake Charles. The LaRoccas are alleged to have knowingly violated their water discharge permit issued by DEQ over the past four years when they failed to sample sewage treatment plant discharges from their mobile home park and submit quarterly monitoring reports to DEQ.

03/18/15
DEQ seeking feedback on prioritization framework under the Clean Water Act

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a long-term vision for assessment, restoration and protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) Program.

03/16/15
DEQ offers hands-on training for NetDMR online reporting in Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering training for permittees on the use of the NetDMR online application for the submission of discharge monitoring reports. A discharge monitoring report, known as a DMR, is a self-reporting document that is generated by permittees who have a Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The DMR contains information about discharges into waters of the state.

03/09/15
Jeffrey Nolan recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Deepwater Horizon investigation

Jeffrey Nolan, Manager of DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division, was recognized Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Excellence in Criminal Enforcement in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in April 2010.

03/04/15
DEQ Enviroschool to host free training on construction stormwater permits

PLEASE NOTE*****NEW LOCATION****FOR NEW ORLEANS AREA TRAINING CLASS

03/03/15
Zachary man pleads guilty to illegal dumping of gasoline and diesel fuel

A Zachary man was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the 18th Judicial District Court for violating Louisiana's Environmental Quality Act. Leon Wallace, 58, of 23291 Plank Road, Zachary, illegally dumped gasoline and diesel fuel behind a Port Allen video poker casino in January 2013.

02/12/15
DEQ's Drinking Water Protection Program moves to Evangeline Parish

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Evangeline 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 the area's drinking water.

02/12/15
Orleans Parish Man pleads guilty to illegally dumping waste tires in Algiers

An Orleans Parish man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court for violating Louisiana's Environmental Quality Act. Michele A. Morris, 54, of Algiers, illegally dumped solid waste near 178 Woodland Parkway in Algiers in January 2013.

02/04/15