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Environmental Issues and Concerns. Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality Debris Management. STORM DEBRIS MANAGEMENT. Storm Debris Quantity Estimates Based upon Corps of Engineer Debris Models. STORM DEBRIS MANAGEMENT Hurricane Katrina. Generated an estimated 22 million tons

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environmental issues and concerns

Environmental Issues and Concerns

Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality

Debris Management

storm debris management


Storm Debris Quantity EstimatesBased upon Corps of Engineer Debris Models

storm debris management hurricane katrina


Generated an estimated 22 million tons

(55 million cubic yards) of debris

hurricane rita

Hurricane Rita

Generated an estimated 2.6 million tons

(6 million cubic yards) of debris

debris management sites were identified by the local parishes evaluated and approved by ldeq

Debris management sites were identified by the local parishes, evaluated andapproved by LDEQ

Woodwaste Burning Operations Woodwaste Chipping and Grinding Construction and Demolition Staging or Disposal Staging of Boats, Vehicles, White Goods Staging of Household Hazardous Waste

storm debris management6
  • Construction & Demolition Wastes Management
    • An estimated 140,000-160,000 homes in Southeast Louisiana received flood damage
  • All White Goods (refrigerators, stoves, washer-dryers, etc)

were removed from each home for recycling

  • All thermostats were removed because they contain


  • All smoke detectors were removed because they contain

small amounts of radioactive materials

  • Household Hazardous Waste (pesticides, bleach, solvents, etc.) were removed from each home for disposal
  •  Vehicles, boats were hauled to staging areas
current debris management sites used to process 67 of the katrina and rita generated debris

Current debris management sites - Used to process 67% of the Katrina and Rita generated debris

Approximately 173 Sites in Katrina Impacted Parishes

Approximately 170 Sites in Rita Impacted Parishes

current debris management

Current Debris Management

There are still millions of cubic yards of debris that needs to be cleaned and disposed in South Louisiana from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

current debris management9

Current Debris Management

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) have slowed the process of demolishing residential structures and rebuilding

national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants neshaps
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS)
  • Regulated ACM – 1% by weight that can be crushed with hand pressure
  • Regulated by EPA, LDEQ & OSHA
  • RACM must be disposed in a Type 1 or 2 landfill
  • Non RACM (Cat 1 & 2) may be disposed in a Construction & Debris landfill
regulated asbestos containing material racm
Regulated Asbestos-Containing Material (RACM)
  • a. friable asbestos material;
  • b. Category I nonfriable ACM that has become friable;
  • c. Category I nonfriable ACM that will be or has been subjected to sanding, grinding, cutting, or abrading; or
  • d. Category II nonfriable ACM that has a high probability of becoming or has become crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by the forces expected to act on the material in the course of demolition or renovation operations regulated by this Subchapter.
types of acm found in homes
Types of ACM Found in Homes
  • Asbestos Roofing (Cat 2 non-Regulated - RACM)
  • Asbestos Siding (Cat 2 non-Regulated)
  • Thermal System Insulation (TSI) Regulated
  • Other Regulated ACM or RACM

Popcorn Ceiling - Regulated

Drop down ceilings - Regulated

Sheetrock mud – Regulated

  • Window caulking, Vinyl Asbestos Tile

(Cat 1 non RACM)

why residential structures are regulated
Why Residential Structures are Regulated
  • Facility—any institutional, commercial, public, industrial, or residential structure, installation, or building (including any structure, installation, or building containing condominiums or individual dwelling units operated as a residential cooperative, but excluding residential buildings having four or fewer dwelling units)
  • Installation—any building or structure or any group of buildings or structures at a single demolition or renovation site that are under the control of the same owner or operator (or owner or operator under common control).
neshap applicability
NESHAP Applicability
  • Structures completely knocked down by the Hurricanes – not applicable to NESHAPS
  • Partially knocked down structures – applicable
    • No inspections, segregation & disposal in a Type 1, 2, or 3 landfill
  • Sound Structures – applicable
    • Full inspections, segregation & disposal in a Type 1 2, or 3 landfill
ldeq protocol for removal of racm
LDEQ Protocol for Removal of RACM
  • LDEQ believes that removal of ACM from homes can be conducted in an effective manner that is protective of the public.
  • Removal of non RACM by mechanical means
  • Employs best management practices – wetting, bagging, segregation, and disposal
  • Disposal in a segregated area of a C&D disposal site
  • More cost effective and saves landfill capacity

Lenny Young, Administrator

Water & Waste Permits Division

Lenny.Young @la.gov

Jodi G. Miller, Environmental Manager

Manufacturing, Air Permits Division

[email protected]

Rob Thomas, Environmental Scientist

Solid Waste Permits Section

[email protected]