Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Compliance
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's DEQ is authorized by EPA to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges (known in Louisiana as the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES)). Louisiana includes variance provisions into its wastewater discharge permit regulations. The variance provisions are the same as the federal FDF variance. See the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for guidance on FDF variances.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Office of Environmental Compliance is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's wastewater variance provisions.
Louisiana has established rules regulating variances for both POTWs and non-POTWs.