Water Quality (Louisiana)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Louisiana

Applies to States or Provinces Louisiana
Name Water Quality (Louisiana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Primary Website http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/DIVISIONS/WaterPermits.aspx, http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/DIVISIONS/Assessment/WaterSurveys/WaterQualitySurveysSection.aspx

Last Review 2014-06-27
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary


These regulations establish requirements and procedures for permitting, enforcement, monitoring, and surveillance, and spill control activities of the Department of Environmental Quality. Without first obtaining a LWDPS permit from the department, no person shall: discharge or allow to be discharged any pollutants into the waters of the state from any facility or activity; construct any new facility or undertake a new activity, the operation or conduct of which would result in a discharge into the waters of the state; construct, install, operate, or alter any facility or activity or any extension or modification thereof or addition thereto, the operation or conduct of which would cause increases in the quantity or degradation in the quality of the discharge of pollutants into the waters of the state or which would otherwise alter the physical, chemical, or biological properties of any waters of the state in any manner not already lawfully authorized; construct or use any new outlet for the discharge of any pollutants into the waters of the state.

Criteria for surface water quality standards are also stated in this article along with Water Quality Certification Procedures. Details about the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) Program and the Louisiana Sewage Sludge and Biosolids Program are also provided.