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 hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to hazardous waste generators; transporters; owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); handlers of universal wastes; and handlers of used oil.
Note: Louisiana identifies hazardous wastes as either Category I or Category II wastes. Category I wastes are the federal listed wastes. Louisiana's Category II wastes include the federal characteristic hazardous wastes. See the state sections CHARACTERISTIC WASTE and LISTED WASTES for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows DEQ's Office of Environmental Compliance to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from the EPA, Louisiana's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, the DEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or more stringent state standards.