Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services Water 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. Louisiana is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) (known in Louisiana as the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES)) permit program and issue surface water permits. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for additional guidance.
The state issues a number of LPDES general permits for construction and industrial activities related to stormwater discharges. For more information, see the state section STORMWATER—GENERAL. Louisiana is also fully authorized to administer the federal Pretreatment Program for indirect discharges of industrial wastewater to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). See the state section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for additional guidance.
The use and disposal of sewage sludge, biosolids, and grease from food service facilities and mixed with sewage is managed under the Louisiana Sewage Sludge and Biosolids Program.