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EPA IG: Louisiana flunks enviro enforcement

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Posted: Dec 13, 2011 4:47 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is among the worst states at enforcing federal clean air, clean water and hazardous waste laws, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general.

The Times-Picayune reports that the inspector general's report does not spotlight specific environmental problems caused by Louisiana's alleged lax regulatory regime, but focused on a broad failure to carry out required inspections and cite violators. The report was issued on Monday.

It concluded that the weak enforcement might be driven in part by "a culture in which the state agency is expected to protect industry."

The inspector general said EPA should either force Louisiana and fellow laggards around the nation to do a better job or enforce the laws itself.

DEQ officials said the state's enforcement record was not accurately represented.

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