LDEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown addressed the issue of removal of flood debris from in front of businesses after a Wall Street Journal reporter last week suggested businesses were concerned about having to pay large debris removal costs.
RECREATIONAL WATER ADVISORY: State health and environmental agencies warn citizens about Bogue Chitto River contamination
On Friday, September 16, a levee breach at the City of Brookhaven's sewage plant released approximately six million gallons of storm water-diluted sewage to the East Branch of the Bogue Chitto River. Based on information provided by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are issuing a water contact advisory for swimming and fishing in the Bogue Chitto River for its entire length in Louisiana. The advisory is effective immediately.To expedite debris removal after a successful trial run, LDEQ has extended permission for night hauling from the North Sherwood Forest temporary debris staging site for Ronaldson Field Landfill. Waste haulers under contract to DRC Emergency Services use the site to deposit loads of debris during the day where it can be sorted and moved later to the permanent landfill.LDEQ today authorized DRC to begin a trial of evening operations to move debris staged at the North Sherwood Forest temporary location to the Ronaldson Field Landfill. DRC is the emergency services company contracted by East Baton Rouge Parish to handle debris removal after the severe weather event in August. The trial run begins Friday, Sept. 2, at approximately 6 p.m. and will continue each night for four nights. The debris staging site at North Sherwood Forest Boulevard has had an immediate impact on the pace of the debris removal in East Baton Rouge Parish. According to officials with DRC (the company contracting to manage the removal), since the staging site was activated, haul efficiency increased by 66 percent, resulting in an increase in volume of debris removed from 17,000 cubic yards per day to 60,000 cubic yards per day. The site is authorized by LDEQ. An additional staging site on Joor Road is authorized by LDEQ for the city of Central; however, this site has not yet begun operation.What's Inside? LDEQ helps communities affected by August flood, Message from the Secretary, No-till grain drills to improve water quality,Core values and questions for Dr. Chuck Carr Brown, Open burning of household garbage,solid waste is prohibited in Louisiana, Dr. Chuck Carr Brown and the agency executive staff visit LDEQ regional offices in northern Louisiana, New tablets to streamline field services at LDEQ, "From the heart" - it's what Camp Challenge is about, Vote for your favorite business card design!,Who's Who At DEQ? If you are cleaning up flood debris from a home, especially one built before 1980, you may encounter asbestos-containing material. LDEQ has some information on the proper handling and disposal of asbestos-containing debris and contact information for individuals who have asbestos-related questions. The LDEQ debris hotline number is (225) 364-7901.The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents affected by the recent flood to refrain from open burning of debris.
"It is illegal to burn solid waste," LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown said. "We are in contact with local law enforcement officials in parishes and municipalities, and we have advised them to watch for this activity. Not only is this kind of burning illegal, it can release harmful substances into the air that will affect not only the person doing the burning, but that person's neighbors and even people farther away."
LDEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown today signed a Second Amended Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order. The document expands the range of debris that can be accepted by certain landfills in the 20-parish affected area of the recent Severe Weather. The order is designed to expedite the removal of debris from impacted areas while remaining protective of human health and the environment.The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a revised chart that explains how residents who are dealing with flood debris should go about segregating their debris into six distinct waste streams. LDEQ asks that residents voluntarily follow the guidelines and separate the waste into individual piles on the curb, one for regular household garbage and waste, one for electronics, one for household hazardous waste, one for white goods, one for construction and demolition debris and one for vegetative debris like tree limbs.
More News Releases...