Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste laws and rules: Louisiana Hazardous Waste Control Law, Louisiana Revised Statutes (LRS) 30:2171 to 30:2206; Louisiana Environmental Quality Act, LRS 30:2001 to 30:2043; and regulations at Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:V.101 to 33:V.5311
Solid (nonhazardous) waste laws and rules: Solid Waste Recycling and Reduction Law, LRS 30:2411 to 30:2423; Louisiana Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Law, LRS 30:2151 to 30:2162, Louisiana Environmental Quality Act, LRS 30:2001 to 30:2043; and regulations at LAC 33:VII.101 to 33:VII.11103
Underground storage tank (UST) laws and rules: LRS 30:2194 to LRS 30:2195 and regulations at LAC 33:XI.101 to 33:XI.1505
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 waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules, as well as stricter state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management and USTs. Louisiana has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEQ to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid waste, and UST management programs.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, DEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards. ...