East baton Rouge Parish is holding their household hazardous material collection day, Sat. Oct. 29, at the east side of the Memorial Stadium Parking lot. East Baton Rouge residents only and no commercial waste accepted. LDEQ will be there to handle the paint swap activities.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $60,000 to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to help protect and restore urban waters in the New Orleans area. The grant will also support community revitalization and other local priorities.Jefferson Parish won several 2016 MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards gold certificates from the Water Environment Federation for the Innovation and Management of their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) and going above and beyond regulatory requirements.The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering training for permittees on the use of the NetDMR online application for the submission of discharge monitoring reports. A discharge monitoring report, known as a DMR, is a self-reporting document that is generated by permittees who have a Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The DMR contains information about discharges into waters of the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation are addressing environmental justice issues in south Louisiana through a competitive cooperative agreement. The community-based non-profit will receive up to $120,000 to support a two-year project.
Keep Louisiana Beautiful held its awards banquet at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Heidelberg Ballroom Sept. 28.
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.
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.
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