Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Compliance Enforcement Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses & telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana has adopted regulations for the import and export of hazardous waste that are identical to federal regulations, including transboundary movement of waste from one Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member country to another. The requirements of the import and export rules are administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and not the state because the exercise of foreign relations and international commerce powers is reserved to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution. See the national section EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE for federal requirements. Louisiana's rules for exports and imports of hazardous waste to foreign countries are generally the same as the federal rules, except for the state's additional notification and report requirements. All notifications and reports must be sent to both the Louisiana ...