Murphy Oil Spill

Zip Code Sampling Maps

Gentilly Landfill

Progress Report

Flooding Timeline

 Link to LRA website

Post-Hurricane Information

EPA No Action Assurance Letter for Hurricane Debris 2/23/2006

DEQ Communications - 7/16/2009 8:11:06 AM
Category: Post-Hurricane Information

DEQ Secretary testifies before U.S. House Committee

DEQ Communications - 9/20/2007 11:09:29 AM
Category: Post-Hurricane Information

Sec. Mike McDaniel addressed members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security today. The hearing focused on "Protecting the Protectors: 1st Responder Health Issues in the wake of catastrophic events."

DEQ Secretary testifies before U.S. Senate Committee

DEQ Communications - 3/2/2007 6:57:54 PM
Category: Post-Hurricane Information

Mike McDaniel, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, testified at a field hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in New Orleans on Monday, Feb. 26. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the current conditions and solutions for moving forward after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita with a focus on debris management.

Online Auction of Hurricane Damaged Vessels

DEQ Communications - 11/27/2006 12:02:03 PM
Category: Post-Hurricane Information

An Evaluation of Chemical Contamination in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

DEQ Communications - 11/9/2006 6:16:46 PM
Category: Post-Hurricane Information

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, concerns over a potential "toxic gumbo" in New Orleans and concerns for public safety were paramount for state and federal agencies. This concern was evidenced by the unprecedented nature of the investigation of residential floodwater sediment contamination. Looking at the Environmental Protection Agency's residential sediment and soil sampling results, the authors attempt to place these results in the appropriate scientific context, to provide some preliminary suggestions concerning the lessons learned, and to examine policy issues that have arisen in this situation and that may arise in a future disaster. The authors believe the compressed risk management approach used by EPA may be useful in other large scale contamination events. The following report is reproduced with permission from Daily Environment Report, No. 214, pp. B-1 - B-12 (Nov. 6, 2006). Copyright 2006 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) www.bna.com

EPA Response to 2005 Hurricanes

DEQ Communications -
Category: Post-Hurricane Information

Lake Charles completes debris cleanup one year after Hurricane Rita strikes

DEQ Communications - 9/25/2006 7:27:10 AM
Category: Post-Hurricane Information

One year after Hurricane Rita devastated several south western Louisiana parishes, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality announced that more than 99 percent of all of the hurricane generated debris has been cleaned up.

    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry responds to National Research Defense Council's letter

    DEQ Communications - 9/18/2006 6:16:00 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    ATSDR answers numerous questions by NRDC regarding the environmental conditions of New Orleans area soil and sediment.

    Comprehensive plan for disaster clean-up and debris management...

    DEQ Communications - 11/5/2007 4:22:44 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan for Disaster Clean-up and Debris Management is to establish a framework to facilitate the proper management of debris generated by natural disasters within the state. The goal is to facilitate a reasonable, efficient and prompt recovery from such disasters and be protective of human health and the environment.

    State, federal agencies summarize Hurricane Katrina sampling, recycling, clean-up efforts

    DEQ Communications - 8/24/2006 6:08:19 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    Thousands of analyses of water and sediment samples show the majority of New Orleans� environment is back to pre-Katrina levels, according to doctors and scientists from state and federal agencies. The Louisiana Departments of Environmental Quality, Health and Hospitals and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented data gathered after Katrina on this and other storm related topics at a meeting today at New Orleans City Hall.

    Division of Administration � Office of State Purchasing, Invitation to Bid for Remediation and Disposal of Vehicles, Boats and Trailers

    DEQ Communications - 7/19/2006 4:44:58 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    This is a request for bids for a FEMA funded project. The contract is for the remediation and disposal of vehicles, boats and trailers from the hurricanes. The bids will be publicly opened on August 10 at 10 a.m. This is to notify you that the referenced solicitation has been posted to LaPAC, the state's online electronic bid posting and notification system and is available for vendor self-enrollment. Search by Bid Number for Solicitation #2209889. You can download and print the document. LaPAC provides an immediate email notification to subscribing bidders that a solicitation and any addenda have been issued and posted. For additional information, please see the link below.

    Summary of Federal Funding for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana

    DEQ Communications - 7/6/2006 1:50:34 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    Contractor to begin towing vehicles, boats

    DEQ Communications - 6/16/2006 3:15:23 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    A recently hired contractor will begin towing abandoned vehicles and boats in the New Orleans area on Monday, June 19, according to the Department of Environmental Quality. DRC Inc. is the contractor and is working with DEQ, Louisiana State Police and the state�s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to tow vehicles, boats and boat trailers left on public property after Hurricane Katrina.

    Division of Administration - Office of State Purchasing REBID for Vessel Recovery Contract

    DEQ Communications - 5/4/2006 10:02:42 AM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    This is a request for bids for a FEMA funded project. The contract is for receiving and disposing of unclaimed vessels salvaged by the U.S. Coast Guard after the hurricanes. The bids will be publicly opened June 8 at 10 a.m. This is to notify you that the referenced solicitation has been posted to LaPAC, the state's online electronic bid posting and notification system and is available for vendor self-enrollment. Search by Bid Number for Solicitation #2208302. You can download and print the document. LaPAC provides an immediate email notification to subscribing bidders that a solicitation and any addenda have been issued and posted. For additional information, please see the links below.

    Division of Administration - Office of State Purchasing, REBID on Recovery of Grounded Commercial Shrimp Vessel Contract

    DEQ Communications - 5/12/2006 3:11:44 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    This is a request for bids for a FEMA funded project. The contract is for recovery of the grounded commercial shrimp vessel "Chris and Shane". The bids will be publicly opened June 6 at 10 a.m. This is to notify you that the referenced solicitation has been posted to LaPAC, the state's online electronic bid posting and notification system and is available for vendor self-enrollment. Search by Bid Number for Solicitation #2208303. You can download and print the document. LaPAC provides an immediate email notification to subscribing bidders that a solicitation and any addenda have been issued and posted. For additional information, please see the links below.

    DEQ increases presence at construction and demolition landfills near New Orleans

    DEQ Communications - 5/17/2006 11:31:52 AM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will have inspectors stationed daily at five disposal sites taking construction and demolition debris in the New Orleans area.

    Update on Invitation to Bid - Division of Administration - Office of State Purchasing for Vehicle Recovery Contract

    DEQ Communications - 5/4/2006 10:12:35 AM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    This is a request for bids for a FEMA funded project. The contract is for pickup and securing vehicles, trailers and boats abandoned after the hurricanes. Only vehicles and vessels on public property will be towed and only after a state police warning has been placed on a vehicle. The bids will be publicly opened May 5 at 10 a.m. This is to notify you that the referenced solicitation has been posted to LaPAC, the state's online electronic bid posting and notification system and is available for vendor self-enrollment. Search by Bid Number for Solicitation #2207210. You can download and print the document. LaPAC provides an immediate email notification to subscribing bidders that a solicitation and any addenda have been issued and posted. For additional information, please see the links below.

    Correspondence from the Division of Administration, Office of State Purchasing to TruSource/L and L Steel

    DEQ Communications - 4/18/2006 4:33:31 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    EPA Workshop in New Orleans on Environmental Justice Grants for Storm-Affected Communities

    DEQ Communications - 4/11/2006 1:30:12 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    EPA Press Release---Release of Multi-Agency Report Shows Elevated Lead Levels in New Orleans Soil, Consistent with Historic Levels of Urban Lead

    DEQ Communications - 4/5/2006 3:29:07 PM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    DEQ puts comprehensive sampling-result maps on Web site

    DEQ Communications - 2/15/2006 9:24:37 AM
    Category: Post-Hurricane Information

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality now has information on the sediment sampling results from the New Orleans area on its Web site, www.deq.louisiana.gov. DEQ and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency combined to take more than 800 sediment samples following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The maps and summaries of the results were made available today.

      RESCHEDULED - Media Advisory - DEQ, EPA to present sampling maps to the Louisiana Recovery Authority

      DEQ Communications - 2/13/2006 12:19:27 PM
      Category: Post-Hurricane Information

      A meeting for members of the Louisiana Recovery Authority originally scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Feb. 14 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. for information on soil/sediment results by zip codes for the New Orleans area.

        State, federal agencies offer assistance to wastewater, drinking water facilities

        DEQ Communications - 2/8/2006 3:52:21 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        State and federal agencies held an open house for owners and operators of wastewater treatment plants and drinking water facilities that were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The meeting took place on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Department of Environmental Quality�s Galvez Conference Center.

        DEQ Secretary Mike McDaniel responds to a letter from the Natural Resources Defense Council on the environmental conditions of New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

        DEQ Communications - 2/6/2006 12:12:15 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        McDaniel affirms that after reviewing thousands of environmental samples and more than a quarter million individual analyses, LDEQ, EPA and partner agencies continue to support the statement that there are generally no unacceptable long-term health risks directly attributable to environmental contamination resulting from the two hurricanes.

        UPDATE on Invitation to BID - Division of Administration - Office of State Purchasing

        DEQ Communications - 1/25/2006 6:01:53 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        This is a request for bids for a FEMA funded project. The contract is for pickup and securing vehicles, trailers and boats abandoned after the hurricanes. Only vehicles and vessels on public property will be towed and only after a state police warning has been placed on a vehicle. The bid conference is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. The BID number is 2205297. For additional information, please see the links below.

        Arsenic data explained

        DEQ Communications - 1/10/2006 11:55:19 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        This article is an attempt to explain the arsenic sampling results from sediment sampling in the areas impacted by Katrina.

        Letter to the Editor by DEQ Secretary Mike McDaniel

        DEQ Communications - 1/6/2006 6:05:15 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Sec. McDaniel responds to several of the unconfirmed and unsubstantiated comments that were made by alarmists after the hurricanes struck. According to McDaniel, scaremongering by alarmists has created unnecessary anxiety for those trying to decide if they can safely return home and numerous false alarms about unhealthful environmental conditions has had an adverse affect on national perceptions of New Orleans and its future.

        DEQ Katrina Response Team Contacts

        DEQ Communications - 1/5/2006 3:29:43 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        State, federal agencies summarize environmental assessment of hurricane impacted areas of southeast La.

        DEQ Communications - 12/9/2005 12:15:01 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        State and federal agencies came together today to announce the results of an environmental assessment of conditions in southeast Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Results of the assessment indicate that there are generally no unacceptable long-term health risks directly attributable to environmental contamination resulting from the storms.

        Gulf States, feds agree seafood safe based on sampling results

        DEQ Communications - 12/8/2005 2:24:20 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, along with federal partners, are pleased to announce that hundreds of samples of fish and shellfish, collected and analyzed in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, show no reason for concern about the consumption of Gulf seafood.

        DEQ�s Kenner air monitor running results on web

        DEQ Communications - 9/29/2005 2:53:15 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Department of Environmental Quality has a sophisticated ambient air-monitoring program set up throughout the state. Recently, the air monitors in the area impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were damaged and not operational. However, on Sept. 11, the Kenner monitor began providing data on air quality that is representative of the Greater New Orleans area.

        U.S. EPA expands boundary around affected homes in Murphy Oil spill area

        DEQ Communications - 12/5/2005 4:21:41 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this weekend expanded the north-eastern boundary around homes potentially oiled by the Murphy Oil Spill in St. Bernard Parish. The expanded boundary adds approximately 70 homes to the area of potentially affected residences. The revised area includes the northern end of Jacob to Lena streets up to the Forty Arpent Canal.

        Househod Hazardous Waste Collection in Orleans Parish

        DEQ Communications - 12/2/2005 11:59:18 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Despite storm damage, air monitoring continues in SE Louisiana

        DEQ Communications - 11/29/2005 2:49:26 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Following Hurricane Katrina, traditional air monitoring networks in and around New Orleans were badly damaged, and many were inoperable. We continue to restore these monitoring systems. In the interim, EPA, in consultation with LDEQ, is establishing a network of air quality monitoring sites in the New Orleans area.

        Algiers scheduled for household hazardous waste pick up

        DEQ Communications - 11/17/2005 4:24:27 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Drop off scheduled for Nov. 19-20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

        DEQ takes extra steps to provide residents with public notice information

        DEQ Communications - 11/15/2005 12:18:04 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be expanding its public notice procedure in areas impacted by the hurricanes to ensure citizens have better access to information on permitting activity in their parish.

        Cleanup moves ahead at Murphy Oil

        DEQ Communications - 11/9/2005 7:48:24 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other state, local and federal officials, are monitoring the cleanup activity around the Murphy Oil Refinery in Meraux. An oil spill of more than 25,000 barrels of crude oil, caused by Hurricane Katrina, impacted an area that is more than one square mile in St. Bernard Parish. Staff members from DEQ�s Surveillance Division are on site daily to ensure the cleanup proceeds according to state regulations.

        DEQ Focuses on Disposal of 22 Million Tons of Debris from Katrina and Rita

        DEQ Communications - 11/7/2005 3:49:29 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        A daunting task that is prevalent throughout the coastal parishes concerns what to do with the more than 22 million tons of debris brought about by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Department of Environmental Quality has been working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other state, local and federal officials to dispose of the large amounts, and many types of waste.

        Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post

        DEQ Communications - 11/7/2005 2:53:22 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Secretary Mike McDaniel provides comments to the editor of the Washington Post regarding a story by Manuel Roig-Franzia entitled, "Hurricane Bends Landfill Rules," which was printed Oct. 29.

        Air samples show southeast Louisiana air meets federal standards

        DEQ Communications - 11/2/2005 5:01:21 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Department of Environmental Quality has analyzed more than 30 air samples taken in the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The results show that ambient air has returned to pre-hurricane quality in most areas.

        EPA, DEQ announce 1 million pounds of household hazardous waste collected

        DEQ Communications - 11/1/2005 4:35:58 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Household hazardous waste has been collected in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Household hazardous waste typically consists of cleaning products found in most homes as well as lawn and garden products, pesticides and herbicides, fuels and paints as well as batteries found in most garages.

        Efforts to remove Household Hazardous Waste in Vermilion Parish set to begin

        DEQ Communications - 10/31/2005 5:36:32 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency and local officials have arranged for residents of Vermilion Parish to drop off household hazardous materials on Nov. 4-5.

        Hurricane Katrina Debris Management Plan

        DEQ Communications - 10/19/2005 10:27:30 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The purpose of this guidance is to furnish local governments with basic information on hurricane debris management within the scope of effective environmental management. While LDEQ is willing to be flexible and innovative on various approaches to handling debris issues as a result of Hurricane Katrina, it must still adhere to its mission of protecting the state�s environment to the fullest extent possible under the circumstances. The Department will consider reasonable waiver requests in order to effect rapid and environmentally safe disposal, composting and waste diversion goals.

        DEQ, FDA take tissue samples from aquatic life in Lake Pontchartrain

        DEQ Communications - 10/17/2005 7:56:10 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        In an effort to ensure that Lake Pontchartrain is recovering from the floodwaters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Food and Drug Administration recently gathered tissue samples from aquatic animals caught in the lake.

        Powerpoint Presentation to Joint Committee on the Environment

        DEQ Communications - 10/14/2005 4:30:10 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Summary of department activities for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Powerpoint format.

        DEQ and others to participate in water sampling activities

        DEQ Communications - 10/14/2005 3:23:40 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        EnviroMapper Displays Test Results and Sites from Hurricane Sampling Activities

        DEQ Communications - 10/13/2005 5:20:01 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        EPA and DEQ Public Service Announcements for Returning Residents

        DEQ Communications - 10/10/2005 4:49:58 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality have made available a series of audio public service announcements. As part of our on-going effort to inform people returning to hurricane damaged areas, we encourage area broadcasters to download the PSAs.

        Household Hazards Drop Off Location for Residents of Terrebonne, Lafourche Parishes

        DEQ Communications - 10/5/2005 3:40:30 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with local officials, have established a drop off station for household hazardous wastes for residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

        Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Issues an Imposition of Quarantine for Parishes Devasted by Hurricane Katrina

        DEQ Communications - 10/5/2005 11:46:48 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Imposition of this quarantine is required to prevent the spread of Formosan termites and infestation of areas, homes and structures that are not currently infested, or which are to build or reconstructed.

        Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry issues an Imposition of Quarantine for parishes devasted by Hurricane Rita

        DEQ Communications - 10/4/2005 5:47:24 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Imposition of this quarantine is required to prevent the spread of Formosan termites and infestation of areas, homes and structures that are not currently infested, or which are to build or reconstructed.

        Tests show animals survive in New Orleans floodwaters

        DEQ Communications - 10/4/2005 12:35:03 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is continuing to test for aquatic toxicity in the floodwaters pumped out of New Orleans into Lake Pontchartrain. The results show that all fish and 10 of 12 invertebrate test animals were able to survive in 100 percent pump-down floodwater.

        Small Business Assistance Available

        DEQ Communications - 9/30/2005 8:32:50 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ Hurricane Rita Response Contact List

        DEQ Communications - 9/30/2005 1:41:43 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ, EPA continue assessment of areas impacted by Hurricane Rita

        DEQ Communications - 9/29/2005 3:16:32 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality�s Southwest Regional and Acadiana Offices are operating on the front lines as DEQ and EPA assess the environmental impact from Hurricane Rita. DEQ issued an emergency declaration to address waste water treatment systems, solid waste management, hazardous waste, open burning, air pollution sources other than open burning, asbestos cleanup, general conditions and more.

        Gulf States agree there is no need for seafood advisories

        DEQ Communications - 10/11/2005 9:22:21 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana agree that there is no need for advisories concerning the quality of seafood in the Hurricane Katrina-effected area, which includes the coastal waters and estuaries from New Orleans, La., to Gulf Shores, Ala., including Lake Pontchartrain, Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay.

        Efforts to remove Household Hazardous Waste in Jefferson will begin

        DEQ Communications - 9/29/2005 12:45:31 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency and local officials are coordinating curbside pickup and drop off of household hazardous materials in Jefferson parish beginning Sept. 30.

        DEQ KATRINA RESPONSE TEAM CONTACT NUMBERS

        DEQ Communications - 9/28/2005 2:29:38 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Keeping workers safe during clean up and recovery following hurricanes

        DEQ Communications - 9/20/2005 12:20:37 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Early samples show Lake Pontchartrain holding up after Katrina

        DEQ Communications - 9/29/2005 2:50:28 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Recently, officials from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency gave a presentation to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, environmentalists and media. The presentation was based on 46 samples taken by DEQ from dozens of locations in and around Lake Pontchartrain. The sample results show the lake is having minimal effects from Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flood.

        Caution Urged Dealing with Debris and When Re-entering Hurricane-Damaged Homes and Buildings

        DEQ Communications - 9/5/2005 9:44:43 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DHH information on returning home

        DEQ Communications - 9/16/2005 4:29:24 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Department of Health and Hospitals brochure on how to be prepared to return home after Hurricane Katrina.

        Curbside Pickup of Household Hazardous Waste Planned in Plaquemines Parish

        DEQ Communications - 9/26/2005 2:48:35 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        EPA Releases Air Sampling Data

        DEQ Communications - 9/26/2005 2:47:22 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Help Louisiana � donate to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation

        DEQ Communications - 9/25/2005 12:59:38 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (LDRF), Louisiana�s fund for Louisiana�s people, has been established by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in order to support long-term family restoration and recovery and help provide assistance to our citizens in need through a network of Louisiana charities and non-profit agencies.

        Additional Sediment Sampling Data Released

        DEQ Communications - 9/22/2005 5:48:01 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Biological and chemical data from sediment samples collected in New Orleans are now available. EPA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) collected the chemical data September 10, 11 and 12. Biological data is available for Sept. 10.

        Post - Katrina Water Quality Assessment: Lake Pontchartrain and Surrounding Water Bodies

        DEQ Communications - 9/20/2005 4:18:06 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Hurricane Surface Water Monitoring Plan

        DEQ Communications - 9/19/2005 2:26:05 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Emergency Declaration and Plan for Evaluating Underground Storage Tank Sites Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

        DEQ Communications - 9/19/2005 11:11:46 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ Statement to address customers of the New Orleans Eastbank Plant wishing to commence operations prior to its startup:

        DEQ Communications - 9/18/2005 2:58:55 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ Issues Letter of No Objection

        DEQ Communications - 9/17/2005 2:20:03 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued a Letter of No Objection to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for the establishment of temporary wet log storage areas.

        Air Sampling Data Collected by EPA Mobile Labs Released

        DEQ Communications - 9/17/2005 1:56:24 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Environmental Protection Agency used a specially equipped bus, known as TAGA, to take air samples from multiple locations in the New Orleans on Sept. 12-13. The results indicated that chemical concentrations in most areas were below the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry health standards.

        Household Hazardous Waste Pickup In St. Tammany, Jefferson

        DEQ Communications - 9/17/2005 1:12:30 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Curbside service expected to begin Sept. 17.

        EPA, Federal Partners and State Warn of Potential Environmental Health Hazards When Returning to Homes and Businesses after Hurricane Katrina

        DEQ Communications - 9/15/2005 2:50:28 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Top State and Federal Environmental Officials Discuss Progress and Tasks Ahead After Hurricanes

        DEQ Communications - 9/30/2005 5:31:03 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        BATON ROUGE -- EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene and DEQ Secretary Mike McDaniel met on Thursday, Sept. 29, to discuss the environmental challenges brought on by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

        EPA and LDEQ Report Potential Health Risks from Sediments

        DEQ Communications - 9/16/2005 2:43:05 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Eighteen sediment samples from across the New Orleans area were collected by the Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on Sept. 10, 2005, and analyzed for bacteria and chemicals.

        EPA Releases Additional Flood Water Sampling Data

        DEQ Communications - 9/14/2005 4:03:23 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        EPA Air Sampling Data Available On-line

        DEQ Communications - 9/14/2005 4:02:30 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Result of Chemical Sampling of Flood Waters

        DEQ Communications - 9/13/2005 10:03:47 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Environmental Protection Agency in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today posted data from New Orleans flood water chemical samples collected from six locations on September 3.

        DEQ Activities Update For Sept. 12

        DEQ Communications - 9/11/2005 1:55:39 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Kenner air monitor now working.

        DEQ Requests Information From Railroad Companies

        DEQ Communications - 9/11/2005 11:11:33 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued an administrative order on Friday requesting information from 17 railway companies that have railcars in the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

        First Flood-Water Sampling Data Available Online

        DEQ Communications - 9/10/2005 11:57:34 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        EPA in coordination with DEQ today posted data from New Orleans flood water samples collected from 12 locations in the September 3-5 time period. The data has been reviewed and validated through a quality assurance process to ensure scientific accuracy.

        First Flood-Water Sampling Data Available Online

        DEQ Communications - 9/10/2005 11:57:34 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        EPA in coordination with DEQ today posted data from New Orleans flood water samples collected from 12 locations in the September 3-5 time period. The data has been reviewed and validated through a quality assurance process to ensure scientific accuracy.

        Update On Environmental Activities

        DEQ Communications - 9/10/2005 11:34:04 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Agencies work together to make progess in many areas concerning the environment.

        Household hazardous waste collection scheduled in St. Tammany Parish

        DEQ Communications - 9/9/2005 7:07:50 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Pumping Stations operating as of 9/9/2005 a.m.

        DEQ Communications - 9/9/2005 2:01:51 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ says fish and vegetation will be affected by Katrina

        DEQ Communications - 9/9/2005 1:22:10 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Early DEQ water sample results

        DEQ Communications - 9/9/2005 9:28:25 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Picture Slideshow - DEQ mobilizes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

        DEQ Communications - 9/8/2005 2:52:20 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Video slide show

        Open Burning Alert in Terrebonne and LaFourche Parishes 9/8/2005

        DEQ Communications - 9/8/2005 1:50:03 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ Katrina Activities 9/6/2005

        DEQ Communications - 9/6/2005 1:11:26 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Facilities approved to receive portable wastewater.

        DEQ Communications - 9/27/2005 9:51:23 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ visits facilities in affected area

        DEQ Communications - 9/7/2005 4:58:00 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Open Burning Alert Chalmette Naval

        DEQ Communications - 9/6/2005 1:13:19 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Unified Incident Command Center Operating at DEQ

        DEQ Communications - 9/5/2005 4:25:42 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ ACTIVITIES UPDATE 9/4/2005

        DEQ Communications - 9/4/2005 12:12:38 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        DEQ KATRINA ACTIVITIES

        DEQ Communications - 9/3/2005 10:32:11 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Letter to Governor Blanco from Stephen L. Johnson, EPA

        DEQ Communications - 10/15/2009 10:55:12 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        Information on the Gasoline waiver

        DEQ Update Oil-leak near Venice

        DEQ Communications - 9/3/2005 11:31:02 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        A flyover in the Venice area of south Louisiana late Thursday evening revealed an oil-like slick in the Mississippi River, according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

        DEQ UPDATE

        DEQ Communications - 9/2/2005 4:56:33 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Department of Environmental Quality is announcing that air samples taken from a plane flying over a fire on Charters Street in New Orleans showed no significant findings. The Environmental Protection Agency flew a specially equipped plane, called ASPECT, that has the capability to take air samples and take aerial photographs. The only readings were of ethylene, chlorinated methane and methanol. All were picked up at low levels directly in the plume. At the time, the plume was large enough where DEQ would usually ask for a shelter in place. However, considering the circumstances around the area, one was not called for.

        DEQ UPDATE

        DEQ Communications - 9/2/2005 12:53:05 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Department of Environmental Quality has not confirmed the cause of a warehouse explosion at 3500 Chartres Street along the river in New Orleans. DEQ staff was able to fly over the site and initially found nothing of significance in air. Further analysis of the air samples is ongoing and DEQ will update this information as it becomes available. The department is continuing to assess the situation from the air. A flight to the Venice area revealed a major oil spill. Two tanks, capable of holding 2 million barrels, appear to be leaking. Currently, there is no way to access the area.

        LETTER FROM STEPHEN JOHNSON, EPA ADMINISTRATOR

        DEQ Communications - 9/1/2005 12:08:53 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        EMERGENCY FUEL WAIVER CONCERNING DIESEL FUEL AND GASOLINE

        DEQ REPORTING EXTENSIONS

        DEQ Communications - 9/2/2005 7:08:53 AM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Department of Environmental Quality will grant extensions for submittal of semiannual monitoring reports and quarterly deviation reports required by 40 CFR Part 70 General Conditions K and R, respectively, of Title V permits and self-monitoring reports required by Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permits for facilities located in the parishes affected by Hurricane Katrina. The following parishes are included in the affected area: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Companies needing Title V extensions for semiannual and quarterly reports should call Peggy Hatch at (225) 219-3715 or send an e-mail to peggy.hatch@la.gov.

        DEQ Responds to Emergency Situations

        DEQ Communications - 9/1/2005 2:12:40 PM
        Category: Post-Hurricane Information

        The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality issued an emergency declaration to provide emergency relief from many of DEQ�s regulatory requirements. This declaration will expedite emergency response and disaster recovery efforts related to Hurricane Katrina. The declaration and variances will allow repairs to facilities like sewage treatment plants and drinking water facilities and clean-up efforts such as solid waste, burning debris and animal carcasses without DEQ oversight. If you would like to report any environmental hazards, you can reach the DEQ hotline at 1-888-763-5424 or locally in Baton Rouge at 225-219-3620. DEQ employees will staff these phones 24-hours a day.

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