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New Orleans man arrested for illegal disposal of harmful substances, aggravated criminal damage to property

Today, investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a New Orleans man for felony illegal disposal of harmful substances and aggravated criminal damage to property. Orestes Linares, 54, of New Orleans, is alleged to have hauled chemicals to the Lower 9th Ward and dumped them in a vacant lot near a storm drain.

Governor proclaims May as Air Quality Awareness Month

Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared May Air Quality Awareness Month in Louisiana. Even though the air quality in Louisiana is the best it has been in years, there is still much work to do. May is traditionally the start of ozone season and the proclamation encourages citizens to become familiar with the Air Quality Index, to understand what causes ozone formation and to take voluntary steps to help prevent ozone formation and improve air quality.

Discover DEQ - April 2016 ENewsletter

What's inside? DEQ receives public comments at the Clean Power Plan listening session, Message from the Secretary, Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed May as Air Quality Awareness Month, How to get air quality information, Water management experts from a 16 country delegation visit DEQ, DEQ's Small Business/Small Community Assistance Program assists small businesses with regulatory compliance, permit applications, School teams participate in 2016 Louisiana Envirothon, DEQ volunteers help with West and East Baton Rouge Household Hazardous Materials Collections Days,Camp Minden,DEQ helps celebrate Earth Day 2016 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette,DEQ On The Move and Who's Who at DEQ?

    Baton Rouge man arrested for filing false public documents

    Today, investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Warrants Division arrested a Baton Rouge man for felony filing false public documents.

    Chalmette man arrested for the illegal disposal of waste tires

    Yesterday, investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a Chalmette man for the illegal disposal of waste tires based upon an outstanding arrest warrant.

    2016 Envirothon enviromental competition held at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

    For the 12th year, the Louisiana Envirothon partnered with DEQ and others to host the Louisiana Envirothon environmental competition at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge. Ten junior high and high school teams participated in the environmental problem-solving competition that comprises testing in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, a current issue on Invasive Species and an oral presentation. Winning teams received recognition and were awarded plaques, medals and cash prizes.

    DEQ hosting free Open Burning workshops

    The air quality regulations concerning open burning in Louisiana are very specific. To assist municipalities, governments and the public to understand those rules, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting free workshops in the state on the subject. The workshops promote understanding of the regulations and presents information about open burning do's and don'ts. Regional staff will also be available to discuss debris cleanup from the recent flooding around the state.

      DISCOVER DEQ - E-newsletter - March 2016

      Meet DEQ's new executive staff, Air Quality Your Way, Message from the Secretary, DEQ emergency response staff and regional offices respond to March flooding, Solid Waste Conference held in Lafayette, 2016 DEQ Environmental Leadership Awards presented, Radiation and Emergency Response training conducted at DEQ headquarters, Nonpoint source staff present Best Management Practices workshop for Enviroschool, Boy Scouts fight litter and nonpoint source pollution in New Iberia, Who's Who At DEQ?

      DEQ encourages residents to properly dispose of storm debris

      The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents in storm affected areas to collect trash and debris and place them curbside for proper disposal. Household chemicals can become hazardous in storm-damaged homes.


      Due to web registration technical difficulties, registration for Nonpoint Source Pollution sessions has been changed.

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