DEQ to take additional samples in Assumption Parish
Scientists from the Department of Environmental Quality will be in and around a slurry hole near Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish today to sample for naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). Because the location of the slurry hole is in the proximity of areas that had been previously used for oil and gas exploration, there is the possibility for low levels of NORM to be present. The location of the sampling is remote and not in a populated area. However, out of an abundance of caution, and to gather more information, DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch is requiring certified scientists to develop and execute a sampling plan that includes soil and water samples for NORM to verify there are no health risks.
DEQ announces modification of Sewage Sludge General Permit
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Water Permits Division has announced a modification to the Sewage Sludge and Biosolids Use or Disposal General Permit, effective August 1, 2012
EPA commends DEQ on RCRA program
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency commended the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on achievements in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act program, which is also known as RCRA. RCRA is a federal law that regulates solid and hazardous waste.
DEQ presents air quality information in Lafayette
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality held a meeting in Lafayette today on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Ozone Advance Program today. The meeting was held at the South Louisiana Community College.
DEQ presents air quality information in Shreveport
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality held a meeting in Shreveport on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Ozone Advance Program today. The meeting was held at the Bossier City Civic Center, Bodcau Room, with the Coordinating and Development Corporation, the North Louisiana Council of Governments, and various governmental leaders. DEQ staff presented an overview of the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone along with a synopsis of the current ozone conditions in Shreveport Region.
Hands-on training offered by DEQ for NetDMR online reporting
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 that have a Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The DMR contains information pertaining to water discharges into waters of the state.
Acadia Parish waste tire transport company owner arrested on waste tire fund violations
Today, investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested the owner of a waste tire transport company on numerous felony counts related to the Louisiana Waste Tire Management Fund.
Laboratories must submit data to DEQ under new EPA rule
Accredited and in-house laboratories that submit data to DEQ will be required to adhere to new U.S, Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. EPA recently updated its "Guidelines Establishing Test Procedures for the Analysis of Pollutants Under the Clean Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures", also known as the "Method Update Rule." The new rule was published on May 18, 2012 and will take effect on June 18, 2012.