Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services Water Permits
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), known in Louisiana as the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permit program, and issues permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which follow the federal rules. The state has also adopted the federal effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs). Smaller CAFOs may be regulated by the state on a case-by-case basis.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Office of Environmental Services is responsible for the administration of the state's LPDES permit programs. The EPA retains authority to ensure federal standards are met.
As with the federal regulations, owners and operators of CAFOs in Louisiana must seek coverage under an LPDES permit if the CAFO discharges a regulated wastewater. Specifically, the CAFO owner or operator must either apply for an individual LPDES permit or submit a notice of intent for coverage under an LPDES general permit. An application for an individual permit must include ...