Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services Permits 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. DEQ has authority to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, including an approved state pretreatment program. Louisiana has adopted the federal pretreatment standards by reference. Louisiana has authority to apply federal effluent and water quality standards as part of the permit process.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Permits Division in the Office of Environmental Services administers the state's water quality program and shares responsibility with EPA in enforcing the pretreatment requirements in Louisiana. Regional standards also exist in portions of the state.
GENERAL PRETREATMENT STANDARDS
By establishing the responsibilities of government and industry to implement national pretreatment standards, the state pretreatment regulations ...