Environmental Leadership Awards recognize voluntary pollution reductions
Today, DEQ hosted the Environmental Leadership Awards. DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was joined by Senator Mike Walsworth, chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Representative Gordon Dove, chair, House Natural Resources and Environmental Committee, to recognize environmental achievements at the 2013 ceremony. New and existing members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts and community environmental outreach initiatives. The ceremony highlighted projects that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to substantially improve the quality of the environment. In 2013, the ELP enrolled 26 new members.
DEQ presents $45 million loan to the city of Baton Rouge for sewage upgrades
Today, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality presented a loan in the amount of $45 million to the city of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, through funding under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
DEQ initiates watershed inspection project in eastern St. Tammany Parish and Washington Parish
Environmental scientists from the Southeast Regional Office of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality have commenced a widespread water quality inspection of the impaired watersheds within eastern St. Tammany Parish and Washington Parish.
DEQ partners with industry to form information workgroup
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has partnered with the Information Exchange Workgroup. The Information Exchange Workgroup is a collaboration of Louisiana's petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing industries, which was formed to provide information on environmental protection, identify the most common causes of upsets and malfunctions and provide expertise from industry leaders on efficiency measures. The workgroup also facilitates the identification and sharing of best management practices and other strategies to minimize emissions.
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.
DEQ and Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition seeking input on ozone reductions strategies
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition are seeking input from the public on air quality strategies to reduce ozone formation and maintain attainment with the national standards. DEQ has created a statewide survey that allows the public to make suggestions on how improve air quality in their own geographic are.
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.