Asbestos and Lead Workshop to be hosted by DEQ
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will present a free asbestos and lead workshop on May 23. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a summary of the rule revisions of the asbestos regulations, an overview any new lead-based paint activities revisions if they are still being considered by the legislature and issues encountered by DEQ staff this past year. Guest speaker, Glenn Gomes, M.D., will talk about the medical consequences of asbestos exposure. There will be a question-and-answer period. This workshop is open to the public.
DEQ's hazardous waste permitting program commended by EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 recently conducted an in-depth review of DEQ's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permitting program regarding hazardous waste permits. This review was to verify that the DEQ program is in line with the policies, responsibilities and procedures established by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 for hazardous waste permitting programs.
Washington Parish man pleads guilty to illegal dumping and burning of tires
A Washington Parish man, arrested in May 2011 for illegal dumping and illegal burning of tires in the town of Angie, plead guilty to the charges on May 3.
Acadia Parish waste tire transporter arrested for felony waste tire fund violations
Today, investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a waste tire transporter from Church Point on numerous felony counts related to the Louisiana Waste Tire Management Fund.
Ribbon cutting ceremony held for St. Landry Parish Landfill Gas Station
Today, representatives from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, as well as other state and local officials, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the St. Landry Parish landfill to commemorate the opening of its landfill gas fueling station. The event was hosted by the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District.
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 the formation and improve air quality.
DEQ Enviroschool offers Permits 101: Understanding the Basics Workshop
In May, the Enviroschool program of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering free workshops on Permits 101: Understanding the Basics. This workshop will give participants an understanding of what permits are, the different types of permits and the permitting process within each media - air, water and waste.
American Lung Association report shows improvement in Louisiana's air quality
The American Lung Association's State of the Air report was released today and demonstrates the improvement in air quality throughout Louisiana. Several cities were listed as cleanest in the nation for particle pollution, known as PM 2.5, with Monroe-Bastrop listed as one of the top seven cleanest cities in the nation for PM 2.5 and ozone combined.