Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services
DEQ Office of Management and Finance Financial Services Division
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana generally follows the federal financial responsibility requirements with additional state requirements for pesticide businesses; solid waste processors and disposal facilities; waste tire facilities; land application of sewage sludge; underground storage tanks (USTs); and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). Since Louisiana rules for minimum financial responsibility for hazardous waste transporters predate stricter federal requirements, the federal requirements prevail.
See the national section FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY for federal rule guidance.
The state has set up a UST trust fund to help owners and operators cover the costs of handling releases. The state also follows federal responsibility requirements for facilities that handle radioactive materials or equipment.
• Administration and enforcement. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services administers and enforces the financial responsibility rules for TSDFs, USTs, and transporters in Louisiana. Insurance requirements for the land ...