Louisiana Hazardous Substance Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous substance definition: Louisiana Revised Statutes (LRS) 30:2272

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Hazardous waste definition: LRS 30:2173

Regulatory Agencies

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and certain hazardous chemical substances or mixtures. Louisiana generally adopts the definition of hazardous substances as set forth under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.

The state differentiates between hazardous waste and hazardous substance with specific definitions.

Louisiana has incorporated by reference the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 30 and NFPA Code 30A, as well as the Temporary Interim Amendment to NFPA 30A, which governs storage of motor vehicle fuel in aboveground storage tanks (AST) at retail service stations.

The state has no specific AST rules. However, the Louisiana Water Control Act prohibits the discharge of any pollutant into state waters without a permit. In addition, the Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act follows the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and governs any AST oil releases.

Local governments may adopt ordinances in addition to state rules that require stricter AST design and installation standards. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a review of the requirements for ...

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