To offer solutions to municipalities with on-going compliance issues with the state wastewater (LPDES) permit program requirements by assessing the needs and tools necessary to bring these municipalities into compliance. Achieving compliance through this partnership between the municipalities and LDEQ provides real environmental change resulting in a positive quality of life for all citizens of the state and solutions to avoid costly penalties and lengthy consent decrees.
Past experience indicated the compliance issues facing most municipalities are the result of challenges in one or more of the following areas:
One of the primary missions of DEQ is to ensure that the water resources of Louisiana are clean and free of adverse health-related pathogens. One of the tools that DEQ uses to help LPDES permit holders come into compliance with their permit is through civil compliance orders. The compliance process offers many solutions for municipalities by working with DEQ.
Municipalities can offer solutions by offering a commitment to clean water from the administration to address these issues and work with the department to offer a better quality of life for their citizens. The key to success for municipalities is for the local administration to sign on to the solutions offered by the Department which could delay or even remove any risk of monetary fines. However, the consequences of continued non-compliance by choosing to work outside the program is a return to civil penalties and other inflexible enforcement tools used in the past.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DEQ Customer Service Center at 1-866-896-LDEQ (5337).