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Dr. Chuck Brown Appointed Secretary of LDEQ

On January 5th, then Governor-elect John Bel Edwards announced the appointment of Dr. Chuck Brown as the new Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.  Dr. Brown comes to the agency with considerable experience in environmental issues, including an appointment as Assistant Secretary of DEQ from 2004 to 2008.  Many of us with BRCAC […]


Obama Rolls Out Clean Power Plan

On Monday, August 3rd, the Obama Administration rolled out its historic climate rule as the “Clean Power Plan” (see article here).  The rule surprised many with changes that had been made from an earlier proposed rule.  The changes included steeper cuts from power plants, essentially a cap on use of generating power with natural gas, an […]


Louisiana Senators Sign On to Letter to EPA About Lack of Transparency In Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

Louisiana Senators Cassidy and Vitter have signed on to a letter from the U.S. Senate to EPA’s Gina McCarthy expressing heightened Congressional concerns with the Obama Administration’s lack of transparency and accountability in developing and updating the social cost of carbon (SCC) estimates.  The SCC figures into most of the EPA climate rulemaking.  The letter […]


BRCAC Submits Comments on LDEQ’s Draft 2008 Baton Rouge Nonattainment Area 8-hour Ozone Standard Redesignation Package

BRCAC has submitted comments on LDEQ’s Draft 2008 Baton Rouge Nonattainment Area 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan.  The comments letter can be viewed here.


Court Rejects Challenge to EPA’s Ozone Powers

The U.S. Court of Appeals is siding with EPA, saying it has wide latitude when enforcing limits on ground-level ozone pollution.  More info at:


BRCAC Submits Its 2014 Advance Report Update to EPA

BRCAC has recently completed and submitted its 2004 update to the organization’s original Baton Rouge Area Clean Air Action Plan to EPA to fulfill its requirements under EPA’s Ozone and PM Advance Program. The update report can be accessed here.  


BRCAC Submits Comments to EPA on Proposed Ozone Standard Revisions

On March 17th, the Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition submitted comments to EPA on proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone. The comments can accessed here.


Dr. McDaniel Makes Presentation at AWMA Winter Dinner Meeting

Thursday evening, January 15th, Dr. Mike McDaniel, Executive Director of BRCAC, gave a presentation at the AWMA winter dinner meeting held in Gonzales. The title of his presentation was “What Louisiana Can Expect From EPA’s Recently Proposed Revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone”.  A copy of the presentation can be obtained […]


EPA Publishes Proposed Rules for Revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone

On December 17th, EPA published proposed rules for revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone.  EPA is proposing to revise the primary standard from the current value of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a level within the range of 65 to 70 ppb, and to revise the secondary standard to a […]


Forum on Generating and Documenting Emission Reduction Credits for Projects Involving Ports and Marine Vessels

On Tuesday, December 9th, BRCAC sponsored and LDEQ graciously hosted a forum on generating and documenting emissions reduction credits (ERCs) for projects involving emissions reductions with marine vessels and at ports. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is in the process of developing new rules to allow emission reduction credits (ERCs) to be generated for […]

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