Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC) Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS) Office of State Police Transportation and Environmental Safety Section
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Compliance Emergency and Radiological Services Division Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana release notification requirements follow the federal rules, except the state has lower reportable quantities (RQs) for some substances. In addition, Louisiana may require more detailed information in the initial notification.
Louisiana's oil spill rules generally follow the federal standards. Any unauthorized spills of one barrel (42 gallons) of oil or more must be reported to DEQ. Notification to DEQ must be made within 24 hours unless the situation is deemed an emergency, in which case, the Louisiana State Police must be notified within 1 hour of the spill. See the state section OIL SPILLS for additional information.
Louisiana follows the federal rules for hazardous waste tanks, with additional release notification requirements. See the state section