A DEPARTMENT OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA

The Public Participation Group

The Public Participation Group (PPG) is a part of the Permit Support Services Division within the Office of Environmental Services. PPG is responsible for issuing public notices and conducting public hearings and meetings associated with permitting activities related to the four categories of media (Air, Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, and Water) as specified under Subtitle II of Title 30 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes RS30:2001, Environmental Regulatory Codes LAC 33 and the Code of Federal Regulations 40 CFR.

Questions related to permits public participation activities can directed to the LDEQ Customer Service Center at : (225) 219-LDEQ (219-5337).

Objectives

Public involvement efforts are designed to enable the citizens of Louisiana to be a part of the environmental decisions that affect their life. Through the public notices, public hearings and meetings, and availability of material associated with the permitting activities for public review, the citizens of Louisiana can present their comments and additional input of information that helps the agency decision makers in their review and evaluation of the permits.

Goals

To keep the citizens of Louisiana informed and involved in all activities associated with the issuance of the air, hazardous waste, solid waste, water permits and other DEQ activites of public interest.

Public Hearing / Meeting Information

Difference between Public Hearing and Public Meeting:

The information on this webpage applies to LDEQ-held public meetings and hearings.

Public Hearing Public Meeting
A public hearing is where comments from the public go into the public record. A public meeting is more of a discussion between interested parties and comments do not go into the public record.
Some public hearings are required by regulations, while others are granted on a case-by-case basis. A public meeting is not required.
A public hearing is not a question-and-answer format. A public meeting is a question-and-answer format.
A public hearing is govered by rules concerning who speaks when and for how long. A public hearing is orverseen by a hearing official. A public meeting is an open discussion with a DEQ moderator to make sure comments stay focused on the proposed permit and that everyone has a chance to ask his or her question.

Upcoming / Recent Hearings / Meetings

Public Participation Group is responsible for coordinating public hearing / meeting activities related to permitting activities. Click on the Calendar to see the upcoming events.

Repositories for Public Review

Materials associated with permit activities are available for review at LDEQ Public Records Center located at 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA. Viewing hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (except holidays).

Based on the media regulations, the material can also be available at different repositories. Check the public notice for specific locations associated with the draft permit.

If you would like to receive our Permit Public Notices by email, you can subscribe to the LDEQ Public Notice list servers at: http://louisiana.gov/Services/Email_Notifications_DEQ_PN/

Please note that you can also review the public notices on the DEQ Public Notice Page.

If you would like to be added to, or removed from our mailing list to receive the hard copies of our notices, please contact us by email at deq.publicnotices@la.gov or by mail to: 

Public Participation Group
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Copies of documents that are for public review can be requested through LDEQ Public Records Center at (225) 219-3167/68 or email publicrecords@la.gov.

Public Comments

LDEQ solicits public comments via a request in a public notice that is published in one or more newspapers as required by regulations of the different media and is sent via mail or email to all those who requested to be included in the permit public notice mailing list.
 
Upon receipt of comments, the comments are processed and the commentors are added to the commentors list associated with that permitting activity.
 
Upon issuing the permit, a response to the comments is sent to all the commentors informing them of the final decision.

As for comments including requests for public hearings, the commentors will receive a letter of approval or denial of the public hearing request. In case of approval, the information related to the public hearing will be included.

When submitting comments please include the Company Name and /or the name of the Facility, Activity Interest Number (AI#) and Activity Tracking Number (PER#). Please review additional instructions for submittal of comments.
Comments may be submitted by fax at (225) 219-3309, by email at deq.publicnotices@la.gov or by mail** to:
 
Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Environmental Services
Public Participation and Permit Support  Division
PPG Supervisor
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
 
 **Material that is sent through FedEx, DHL or UPS must be sent to our physical address:

Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Environmental Services
Public Participation and Permit Support  Division, PPG Supervisor
602 North 5th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Public Notice Information

Media Type Publishing Newspaper(s) Regulation Comment Period Public Notice Payments Hearing Public Notice
Air Proposed Permit Official State Journal, Local Newspaper LAC 33 III.531 Proposed 30 days & 30 days for neighboring states DEQ N/A
Air PSD Official State Journal, Local Newspaper LAC 33: III.509.Q PSD 30 days & 60 days for neighboring states DEQ N/A
Air Hearing Official State Journal, Local Newspaper Same as above Usually ends a few days after the hearing, can end at the closing of hearing DEQ 30 days prior to the hearing
Hazardous Waste Draft Official State Journal, Local Newspaper, Local Broadcast LAX 33: V.713 - 721 45 days Facility N/A
Hazardous Waste Final Official State Journal, Local Newspaper For applicant appeals La. R.S.) 30:2024
For Public appeals La. R.S. 30:2050.21
30 days for appeals after letter received by facility or commentors Facility N/A
Hazardous Waste Hearing Official State Journal, Local Newspaper, Local Broadcast LAC 33:V.711 Usually ends a few days after the hearing, can end at the closing of hearing Facility 45 days prior to the hearing
Solid Waste Technically Complete Official State Journal, Local Newspaper LAC 33:VII.513.G 30 days Facility N/A
Solid Waste Hearing Official State Journal, Local Newspaper LAC 33:VII.513.G End of comment period 30 days after hearing DEQ*
*Facility - public notice of public hearing for Receipt of Tire Application
20 days prior to the hearing.
For tire receipt, twice in newspaper prior to the last 10 days before the hearing
Water (LPDES) Draft LPDES Local Newspaper LAC 33:IX.3113-3121 Min. 30 days Facility N/A
Water (LPDES) Draft General LPDES Permit Eight major newspapers in the state LAC 33:IX.3113-3121 Min. 30 days Facility N/A
Water (LPDES) Hearing Local Newspaper LAC 33:IX.3113-3121 Usually ends a few days after the hearing, can end at the closing of hearing Facility 30 days prior to the hearing
Water (Water Quality Certification) Draft Water Quality Certification State Official Journal & Local Newspapers LAC 33:IX.1507 10 days for comment Corps of Engineers/Facility N/A
Water (Water Quality Certification) Hearing State Official Journal & Local Newspaper LAC 33:IX.1507 End of comment period 30 days after hearing Corps of Engineers/Facility 30 days prior to hearing

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Contact Us

We are physically located at the DEQ Headquarters, Galvez building which is 602 North Fifth Street, 3rd floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Our mailing address is:

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Environmental Services
Public Participation & Permits Support Division
Public Participation Group
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

For any questions related to permits public participation activities, please call LDEQ Customer Service Center at (225) 219-LDEQ (219-5337) or Fax: (225) 219-3309.