Permits - Variances and Waivers

Variances & Waivers

For variances, waivers, letters of response or for other questions please contact the following individuals in the Office of Environmental Services:

Air - Bryan Johnston (225) 219-3001

Water - Melvin "Mitch" Mitchell (225)219-3013

Waste - Bijan Sharafkhani (225)219-3457

Asbestos - Jodi Miller (225)219-0789

Asbestos - Nathan Levy (225)219-3241

Written requests should be mailed to:

Office of Environmental Services

Post Office Box 4313

Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70821-4313


FEMA Approves Reimbursement for Recycling and Debris Reduction Expenses - 9/10/08

DEQ Requests FEMA for Reimbursable Expenses - 9/10/08

EPA Approves Hurricane-Related Waiver for 16 Parishes in Louisiana
Release date: 08/29/08

Contact Information: Dave Ryan, 202-564.4355 /

As Hurricane Gustav moves closer to landfall in the U.S. Gulf Coast, EPA has exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean fuel requirements for 16 parishes in the state of Louisiana until Sept. 8, 2008.  This waiver will allow greater flexibility for the fuel distribution system to be used to aid in the evacuation and subsequent return of affected residents.

This waiver was granted by EPA in coordination with the Department of Energy, at the request of the State of Louisiana.

Given the projected path, severity of the storm, and the evacuation of major areas of the state, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson determined that extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which are likely to result in a shortage of gasoline compliant with federal regulations. The federal waiver will help ensure an adequate supply of gasoline in the affected area during and in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

The waiver applies to the 7.8 RVP (Reid vapor pressure) gasoline volatility requirements that apply in 16 parishes in Louisiana. Gasoline volatility standards are imposed during summer months to help control emissions from motor vehicles; temporary suspension of such standards will allow for the sale of available supplies of conventional gasoline that have higher volatility limits. As required by law, EPA and DOE carefully examined all aspects of the fuel supply situation in the requested areas and determined that granting a short-term waiver was consistent with the public interest.

The 16 Louisiana parishes receiving waivers: Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, E. Baton Rouge, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Point Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. Mary, and W. Baton Rouge.

More information:

August 29, 2008
Louisiana requests and receives fuel waiver from EPA

BATON ROUGE –The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality requested a waiver of certain fuel management requirements from the U S Environmental Protection Agency. EPA granted the waiver which will allow the state flexibility in the management of gasoline deliveries during storm preparations and response. This waiver will allow fuel providers to more effectively manage fuel shipments and deliveries within affected areas of Louisiana.


This waiver was requested in an attempt to alleviate anticipated fuel shortages as a result of evacuations, emergency preparations and response actions. A potential crisis will be averted due to cooperation by industry, state governmental agencies and EPA.

“EPA’s prompt consideration and approval of this waiver will help ensure that Louisiana citizens, government and first responders will have adequate access to fuel,” said DEQ Secretary Hal Leggett.  For more information on this and other issues concerning Gustav, visit the DEQ website at

August 29, 2008 EPA's letter granting DEQ's fuel waiver request

August 29, 2008 DEQ's Request to EPA for fuel waiver 


August 29, 2008 Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Fuel Waiver


Below are charts containing variance requests and notifications to the DEQ for both Hurricane Gustav & Hurricane Ike. 

Hurricane Gustav - Variances

Hurricane Ike - Variances

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