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EPA to Extend Deadline for 2015 Ozone NAAQS Area Designations

EPA has announced that it is extending the deadline for promulgating initial area designations by one year for the 2015 ozone NAAQS.  This provides some additional time for the area to meet the new 2015 ozone standard.  The Baton Rouge area was recently redesignated to attainment with the 2008 ozone standard (75 ppb).  However, based on 2014-16 […]


BRAC Testifies Before Senate EPW Committee on Implementation of the New Ozone Standard

The Baton Rouge Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Business Development Kyle Zeringue recently testified before the Senate EPW Committee in support of legislation to extend implementation of the new ozone standard to a realistically achievable timeframe. His testimony can be accessed at  


Revision of LDEQ’s ERC Banking Rule to Include Mobile Sources

It’s official. With the promulgation of DEQ’s rule AQ365S May 20th, emission reduction projects for mobile sources became eligible to earn emission reduction credits (ERCs) within DEQ’s ERC banking system. The banked ERCs can then be used as offsets for permitting new projects. Implementing this new rule is expected help mitigate air quality and economic […]


The 2016 Update for the Baton Rouge Clean Air Action Report Completed

The 2016 update for the Baton Rouge Area Clean Air Action Report prepared by the Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition for EPA’s Ozone and PM Advance Program has been completed and distributed to BRCAC stakeholders.  The update can be accessed here.


Revised Proposed Rule AQ365 Scheduled for Hearing March 29th

Substantive changes to proposed rule AQ365 (Emission Reduction Credits From Mobile Sources) was published February 20th.  The comment deadline and public hearing date are March 29th.  The proposed rule with changes may be found here AQ365S.


New ERC Information Resources Center Website Up and Open for Review

To all our stakeholders and other interested parties: The ERC Information Resources Center is now up and available for review.  It is brand new and is a work in progress.  We would greatly appreciate your review comments and any suggestions you might have to improve value of the website for potential users.  The URL for […]


The Emissions Reduction Credits Banking Conference a Resounding Success

The Emissions Reduction Credits Banking Conference sponsored by BRCAC and DEQ on January 26 was a resounding success. The conference held at DEQ’s Conference Center attracted over 130 registrants interested in learning about the implications of a proposal to expand DEQ’s banking rule to include eligibility for emission reduction credits (ERC) projects to mobile sources […]


Baton Rouge Area Redesignated to Attainment for the 2008 Federal Ozone Standard

Now it is officially official. The Baton Rouge area is in attainment of the 2008 federal ozone standard. EPA published their proposed redesignation of the area to attainment on November 4th and, after a period to take comments, published their final approval of redesignation December 27th. Congratulations to the Baton Rouge community!


30-Year History of Baton Ozone Described in Recent Article

A good summary of progress made in improving air quality in the Baton Rouge area is contained in a recent article by Mark Sather (EPA Region 6) and Kevin Cavender (EPA, OAQPS) entitled, “Trends analyses of 30 years of ambient 8 hour ozone and precursor monitoring data in the South Central U.S.:  progress and challenges” […]


Redesignation Update

DEQ has recently received a letter from Wren Stenger, Multimedia Division Director EPA Region 6, to Dr. Chuck C. Brown, Secretary of LDEQ…

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