Louisiana NPDES regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Louisiana NPDES: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permits: Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:IX.2301 to 33:IX.7129

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Exempted activities: LAC 33:IX.2315

Permit applications: LAC 33:IX.2501

Permit conditions: LAC 33:IX.2701

Term of permit: LAC 33:IX.2711

Miscellaneous activities: LAC 33:IX.2301.B

General permits: LAC 33:IX.2515

Public hearings: LAC 33:IX.3117

Variance requests: LAC 33:IX.3301

Sewage sludge management: LAC 33:IX.7301 to 33:IX.7399

Financial responsibility: LAC 33:IX.7307

Training: LAC 33:IX.7301(D)(3)

Environmental impact information: LAC 33:IX.7301(D)(5)

Regulatory Agencies

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.

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