The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently contributed a further $2.27 million to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) through a performance partnership grant, increasing the state agency’s total EPA funding to more than $4.45 million this year.
Performance partnership grants help state agencies implement and enforce federal environmental laws, allowing the EPA to delegate authority provided to it under legislation like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Through this delegation, states are given the authority to develop their own more stringent regulations and requirements.
In Louisiana, the LDEQ is responsible for implementing and enforcing many environmental programs, and is supported through performance partnership grants. The most recent grant will go toward environmental management programs concerning hazardous and solid waste, water and air pollution.