DEQ to reissue permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has announced that the general permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems is being reissued with an effective date of March 1, 2013. Coverage under this general permit applies to operators (parishes, cities, towns, military bases, etc.) of storm water drainage systems that typically serve populations between 10,000 and 150,000 persons.
Oil company owner pleads guilty to illegal discharges in state waters
Today, Lobdell Percy Brown III, the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Mandeville-based T&F Oil Company, entered a plea of guilty as a result of the illegal discharge of pollutants into state waters.
St. Landry Parish man pleads guilty to environmental crimes, gets jail time
Monday, Joseph L. Jones, 58, of St. Landry Parish, pled guilty to 11 felony charges involving criminal violations of Plaisance Development Corporation's water discharge permits in St. Landry Parish. Jones was the president of Plaisance Development Corporation which operated six wastewater treatment plants in St. Landry Parish as well as six wastewater treatment plants in Evangeline Parish. Jones was charged with knowingly violating the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by exceeding discharge limitations and not providing monitoring results for the facilities operated in St. Landry Parish.
Registration is now open for the Louisiana Envirothon environmental competition
Registration for the Louisiana Envirothon environmental competition to be held, March 9 at the LSU Ag Center Burden Center in Baton Rouge, is now open.
Enviroschool to offer session on emergency response in Monroe
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Enviroschool is offering a free session on DEQ emergency response. This session is in Monroe and will provide an overview of the role and activities handled by the Emergency Response Division of DEQ. Some of the topics will include what happens when there's an emergency situation, DEQ's role and response during emergencies and procedures regarding. The session is geared toward the general public and people working in the emergency response professions such as first responders from the fire department, police department or local offices of emergency preparedness.
DEQ encourages nominations for 2013 Gulf Guardian Awards
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging the public to submit nominations for the Gulf Guardian Awards Program. As a member of the Gulf of Mexico Program and Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Louisiana residents can nominate citizens, companies and organizations that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf of Mexico and associated coastal water habitats healthy, beautiful and productive. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 8, 2013.
Kenner receives check for $21 million from the DEQ State Revolving Loan Fund
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch presented a $21 million check to the city of Kenner yesterday. The funds, which came from the Clean Waters State Revolving Loan Fund at an interest rate of.95 percent, will be used to upgrade Kenner's wastewater collection ad treatment facilities.