DEQ issues notice of potential penalty to Stolthaven
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality recently issued its second Notice of Potential Penalty to Stolthaven New Orleans, LLC, in Braithwaite for alleged environmental violations stemming from unauthorized discharges that occurred in late August and early September. Stolthaven failed to take the necessary precautionary measures in anticipation of Hurricane Isaac, thereby allowing for unauthorized releases to the waters of the state.
DEQ issues penalty to Stolthaven for failure to notify in timely manner
The Department of Environmental Quality issued a penalty today to Stolthaven in Braithwaite for $12,189.61. The penalty was issued because the facility failed to notify DEQ of an emergency situation within one hour of the occurrence. DEQ was notified of a release of 1-octene and Ethyl Acrylate from the facility on Sept. 1. The release occurred on Aug. 30th in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
DEQ Holding Stolthaven Accountable for Spill
The Department of Environmental Quality continues to work with its state, federal and local partners to address chemical releases from the Stolthaven facility located in Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish. The company will be required and has already begun to clean up any contamination. Louisiana State Police, DEQ and others continue to oversee the cleanup which includes the re-railing of rail cars, on site oil skimming and off-site orphaned drum recovery, which Stolthaven is financing.
Iberville Parish man arrested for alleged illegal dumping and disposal of waste
Today, investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested an Iberville Parish man for the alleged illegal dumping of pollutants into state waterways and the illegal disposal of solid waste.
DEQ warns residents to exercise caution around floodwater
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is reminding people in the impacted area of Hurricane Isaac and the flooding aftermath to be cautious around orphaned containers and sheens on the water.
DEQ continually monitoring bubbling sites in Assumption Parish
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is testing and monitoring the three new bubble sites on Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and the Triche Canal.
Office of Conservation, DEQ Announces Results of EPA Aerial Survey of Bayou Corne Area
EPA analysis finds no evidence of detectable concentrations of natural gas or elevated radiation levels near sinkhole Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary Peggy Hatch today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has returned a report on last week's aerial survey of the Bayou Corne area, with findings indicating no detectable concentrations of natural gas or other chemicals in the atmosphere and no elevated radiation levels related to cavern operations.
Caddo Parish Sewage Treatment Plant Operator Arrested in San Diego County, California
On Wednesday, members of the San Diego Regional Fugitive Taskforce arrested a Caddo Parish sewage treatment plant operator on 19 felony violations of Louisiana's Water Control Law.