Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Assessment
DEQ Office of Environmental Services
DEQ Office of Environmental Compliance
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rule. Louisiana's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic rules and strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), Louisiana has adopted and submitted regulations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval and incorporation into the SIP.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Offices of Environmental Assessment, Environmental Services, and Environmental Compliance are responsible for administering and enforcing Louisiana's air regulations.
LOUISIANA'S AIR PROGRAM
The Louisiana SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, emissions standards, nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other ...