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 Biosolids workshop rescheduled for September 27
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has rescheduled the EPA Biosolids Workshop originally scheduled for September 5 in Baton Rouge. The free workshop will cover the EPA Part 503 requirements on sewage sludge. Topics include general provisions, production and use, land application, inspection issues and compliance.
DEQ encourages citizens to report illegal dumping during Hurricane Isaac recovery
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents in Hurricane Isaac affected areas to report illegal dumping to local law enforcement and DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division. Illegal dumping is a serious crime and violators could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and a twenty-five thousand dollar fine.
DEQ encourages residents to dispose of storm debris
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents in affected by Hurricane Isaac areas to collect trash and debris and place them curbside for proper disposal. Household chemicals can become hazardous in storm-damaged homes. Examples of materials that may need special disposal or recycling include electronics, batteries, computer hardware, paint, cleaning products, solvents, and lawn and garden products. Materials should be sorted curbside to help expedite cleanup efforts
DEQ cancels Biosolids Workshop and will reschedule in late September
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is cancelling the Biosolids Workshop scheduled for September 5, 2012 in Baton Rouge. The Biosolids Workshop was scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at the DEQ headquarters, 602 N. 5th Street, Baton Rouge in the Oliver Pollock Room of the DEQ Conference Center. The workshop will be rescheduled in late September.
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.