News Release Archives

NOLA OIL TERMINAL PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CANCELED

The 6 p.m. public hearing for the Nola Oil Terminal Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permit application scheduled for tonight, April 14, has been canceled due to inclement weather. The hearing was to have been held at the Belle Chasse Auditorium in Belle Chasse. The LDEQ Office of Environmental Services will reschedule this public hearing at a future date.

04/14/15
DEQ awards contract to compact, close Harrelson Landfill

DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch announced today that DEQ has awarded a contract to close the Harrelson Landfill on Russell Road in Shreveport to Murphy Brothers Trucking and Construction, LLC of Acadia, La. The landfill will be closed by placing a two foot thick layer of clay and six-inch layer of topsoil over the entire disposal area. The disposal area will then be seeded and fertilized to return the site to a more natural appearance. Following closure, the final cover will be monitored for erosion and other potential problems for a minimum of three years.

04/02/15
2015 Envirothon environmental competition held at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

The 2015 Louisiana Envirothon Environmental Competition was held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge. Five teams from grades 9 through 12 participated in an environmental problem solving competition that consisted of testing in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, the current issue on Urban and Community Forestry and an oral presentation.

03/31/15
DEQ 2015 Environmental Leadership Program Awards presented

Today, DEQ hosted the Environmental Leadership Awards at the DEQ headquarters in the Galvez building in downtown Baton Rouge. DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was joined by Sen. Mike Walsworth, chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and Rep. Gordon Dove, chair, House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, to recognize environmental achievements. Members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts, community environmental outreach initiatives, and environmental management systems that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to improve the environment

03/30/15
DEQ to hold second meeting in Evangeline Parish to protect drinking water

The DEQ Drinking Water Protection Team needs you! There will be a second meeting for the Evangeline Parish Drinking Water Protection Program, and it is not too late to get involved.

03/26/15
Louisiana Waste Tire Program Task Force Meeting

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq. The public is invited to attend. For inquiries about the meeting please contact Robert Thomas at 225-219-3972 or Robert.Thomas@la.gov.

03/23/15
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