Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana does not have a state law that corresponds to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). However, water projects receiving funding from the municipal facilities revolving loan fund must undergo an environmental review similar to that required by NEPA. Louisiana has incorporated the federal environmental impact statement (EIS) guidelines into the revolving loan fund program. See the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT for a review of the federal EIS requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. All federal EISs prepared for in-state projects are submitted to the DEQ. Once submitted, the DEQ reviews and then distributes an EIS to other interested state agencies.
DEQ's Office of Environmental Compliance oversees the environmental reviews for projects receiving money from the municipal facilities revolving loan fund.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for reviewing and commenting on EISs for projects relating to fish and wildlife resources or their habitats. This also includes projects that plan to discharge dredge or fill material into state waters.
The Department of Health and Hospitals is responsible for reviewing and commenting on EISs for projects that relate to public health.