The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Bayou Sand & Gravel, LLC., Agency Interest Number 162399, have entered into a proposed settlement agreement, Settlement Tracking No. SA-WE-11-0064, concerning the State’s allegations of environmental violations by Respondent at its facility in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, which allegations are set forth in the Stipulated Judgment Granting Permanent Injunction entered in the 21st Judicial District Court, Suite Number 2010-0003505-E on November 3, 2010.
The Department of Environmental Quality will accept comments on the proposed settlement for the next forty-five (45) days. The public is invited and encouraged to submit written comments to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Secretary, Legal Affairs Division, Post Office Box 4302, Baton Rouge Louisiana 70821-4302, Attention: Christopher A Ratcliff, Attorney. All comments will be considered by the Department of Environmental Quality in reaching a decision on whether to make the settlement final.
Terms and conditions of the proposed settlement agreement may be reviewed on the Department of Environmental Quality’s website at www.deg.louisiana.gov. by selecting Divisions, Enforcement, and Settlement Agreements. The document may also be viewed at, and copies obtained from, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Public Records Center, Room 127, Galvez Building, 602 North Fifth Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802. To request a copy of the proposed settlement submit a completed Public Record Request Form (DEO Form FSD-0005-01). The form and instructions for completion may be found on the DEQ Website at the following address: http://www.deq.state.la.us/pubRecords/default.htm, or by calling the Customer Service Center at 1-866-896-5337.
Pursuant to La. R.S. 30:2050.7(D), the Department of Environmental Quality may hold a public hearing regarding this proposed settlement when either of the following conditions are met: 1) a written request for public hearing has been filed by twenty-five (25) persons, by a governmental subdivision or agency, or by an association having not less than twenty-five (25) members who reside in the parish in which the facility is located; Or 2) the secretary finds a significant degree of public interest in this settlement.
For further information, you may call the Legal Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality at (225) 219-3985.
Publish in the Amite Tangi Digest Wednesday, July 18, 2012.