Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services Permit Support Services Division
DEQ Office of Environmental Assessment Laboratory Services Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana may require biological monitoring for effluent toxicity as a condition of Louisiana Permit Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permits. Biological monitoring is required unless it can be demonstrated that the discharge will not exceed standards for the receiving water.
All commercial laboratories that perform environmental analyses and tests for third parties for a fee or other compensation must be accredited through the state laboratory certification program, the Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP). In-house laboratory and government laboratories are exempt from accreditation requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Permit Support Services Division administers the state's effluent toxicity testing requirements. EPA's Region 6 office ...