Office of Environmental Compliance

P.O. Box 4312
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4312
Phone: (225) 219-3710
Fax: (225)219-3708


Lourdes Iturralde

Assistant Secretary

Office of Environmental Compliance 

Iturralde received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University and received a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University. She has been employed with DEQ since 1990. She has more than 20 years in the Enforcement Division of DEQ in various positions, including supervisor, manager, and administrator. Iturralde was promoted to Enforcement Administrator in March 2008 and in September 2010 was moved to administrator in the Public Participation and Permit Support Services Division until she was appointed assistant secretary.

Organization and Functions

The Office of Environmental Compliance is divided into four divisions:

Mike Algero


Surveillance Division

Algero joined the DEQ in 1989 as an air inspector in DEQ’s Southeast Regional Office. During his 27 year career with DEQ, he gained experience as an inspector, supervisor, manager, and administrator in the Surveillance Division. While growing up in New Orleans Algero attended Holy Cross High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Tulane University in 1986.

Function: To inspect facilities for compliance with their permits or other authorizations by the department (regulations, or enforcement actions) and to respond to environmental incidents.


Bryan Riche


Assessment Division

Riche received his Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture science at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1991 and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from McNeese State University in 2005.

Riche started working at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in 2007 in Southeast Regional Office (SERO) as an Emergency Responder (ER) in the Assessment Division. He was promoted to ER Supervisor in 2011, ER Manager in 2013 and currently serves as Administrator of Assessment Division.  

Function: To evaluate the overall quality of the air and water resources of the state and to respond to emergency situations and/or releases, including those from radiation sources.

Gary Fulton


UST and Remediation Division

Fulton, who started his career at DEQ in 1996, has been detailed to the position of Administrator for the UST (underground storage tank) and Remediation Division of the Office of Environmental Compliance. Prior to starting work at DEQ, Fulton worked in the private sector investigating and remediating underground storage tank sites and in investigation and remediation at solid waste, hazardous waste, RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and superfund sites. Fulton accepted an environmental scientist position at DEQ in the Inactive and Abandoned Sites Division providing remediation recommendation at state Superfund sites.  He worked as a geologist as well as a supervisor and manager in the Remediation Services Division. 

Fulton has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg.

Function: To protect the soil and groundwater resources of the state from unauthorized and historical releases to the environment from leaking USTs and other sources (old landfills and historical spills that occurred before environmental regulations).

Celena Cage


Enforcement Division

Cage received her Bachelor of Science degree in health science from Alcorn State University. She has worked the DEQ for more than 16 years in air and water enforcement, as well as water permitting. Prior to joining LDEQ, she worked in the environmental laboratory field. She was named administrator of the Enforcement Division in September 2010.


The mission of the environmental compliance program is the ensure the public and occupational welfare of the people and environmental resources of Louisiana by conducting inspections of permitted facilities and activities, responding to environmental emergencies and issuing sound enforcement actions. The program establishes a multi-media compliance approach; creates a uniform approach to compliance; assigns accountability and responsibility to the appropriate parties; provides standardized radioactive material training to compliance; and provides for the execution and timely resolution of activities.


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