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All week we’ve been looking into Louisiana’s environmental quality, so what about the air that we breathe?

“Certain standards go above and beyond what EPA calls for. We’re moving in that direction,” DEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown told us.


Sue Lincoln

Louisiana has no comprehensive water policy, though DEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown believes it should.

“From a water use standpoint, I think there should be some overall plan that everybody contributes to,” Brown says.

But getting there? That’s the problem, as a bill debate during last spring’s legislative session pointed out.

LDEQ

The Department of Environmental Quality does attempt to educate law enforcement officials about environmental crimes.  Capitol Access’ Wallis Watkins recently attended one of their seminars.


courtesy: LA DEQ

For years, it’s been joked that D.E.Q. stands for “don’t even question”, since Louisiana allows its industrial plants to self-report hazardous releases.

“There’s some entities, if they have a release, they’ll say, ‘Well, nothing left the fence line’,” Dr. Chuck Carr Brown acknowledges.

Of course, that was before he became Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality earlier this year.


Recovery School District

It would seem logical: don’t build schools on dump sites.

“We have no law in Louisiana. Other states have it. This simply protects our children when someone proposes to build a school on a piece of land that is formerly used to dump stuff.”


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