Environmental Protection at Construction Sites

Both Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) seek, through regulation, to limit the pollutants that are discharged from construction sites. Some recent developments may impact your current or future operations at these types of sites.

Stormwater Management

EPA tightened its regulation of storm water discharges from construction sites. These regulations, formally called effluent limitations guidelines, or ELGs, are essentially more detailed and elaborate best management practices (BMPs) to be used during construction activities. By using these more stringent and detailed BMPs, EPA hopes to decrease the amount of pollutants, such as oil and grease or sediments, in the storm water that leaves a construction site. Continue reading “Environmental Protection at Construction Sites”

LDEQ’s Spill Prevention and Control Rule Amendment

LDEQ finalized amendments to the Spill Prevention and Control Rule (SPC Rule) (LAC 33:IX.Chapter 9) on August 20, 2010.  WQ079.  Three main changes will be addressed.

1. A definition of ‘oil’ is provided.  Oil is “any kind or form of oil, including but not limited to: fats, oils, or greases from animal, fish, or marine mammal origin; vegetable oils, including oils from seeds, nuts, fruits, or kernels; and other oils and greases including petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, synthetic oils, mineral oils, oil refuse, and oil mixed with waste other than dredged spoil.”  Sec. 901.D.  This definition is identical to EPA’s current regulatory definition, which was added in 2002.  40 CFR 112.2; 67 Fed. Reg. 47075-6 (July 17, 2002). Continue reading “LDEQ’s Spill Prevention and Control Rule Amendment”