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Program A: Air Quality Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Air Quality Program is to protect and enhance the air quality of Louisiana to promote the health, welfare, and productive capacity of its citizens. Louisiana contains 25% of the nation's chemical industry and is one of the most heavily industrialized states in the nation. Of the 50 states, it has been ranked in the top 5 in the amount of air toxins reported for the years that data has been released by the Environmental Protection Agency. Toward meeting its goal, this program provides an efficient means to develop, implement and enforce regulations, inventory and monitor emissions, and permit activities consistent with laws and regulations. The goal of the Air Quality Program is to improve air quality in Louisiana by meeting and maintaining ambient air quality standards for criteria pollutants, reducing emissions of toxic air pollutants and implementing asbestos and lead public outreach and compliance programs. The activities in this program are: Air Quality, Asbestos, and Lead.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from the sale of regulations, manifest forms, photocopies, etc. Statutory Dedications are derived from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) and the Lead Hazard Reduction Fund (LHRF). (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The ETF consists of all fees assessed pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:2014, R.S. 39:55.2 and any other provisions of law authorizing the department to assess a fee. Such fees are used only for the purposes for which they were assessed. The LHRF consist of all fees assessed pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:235, R.S. 39:55.2 and any other provisions of law authorizing the department to assess a fee. Federal Funds are from the Clean Air Act, (Section 105) as amended, P.L. 95095 42 USC 7504, and the Toxic Substances Control Act (Sections 28 and 404(g)).

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$13,124,722

240

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$13,124,722

240

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$137,973

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 – 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$183,624

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 - 2000

$0

($24,624)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$0

($447,076)

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

$2,035

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings

$0

$720,088

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($195,078)

0

 

Attrition

$0

($186,637)

(5)

 

Personnel Reductions

$0

$3,923

0

 

Civil Service Fees

$0

($225,450)

0

 

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – For Asbestos and Lead activity which were no longer needed for FY 1999 - 2000

$0

$223,698

0

Other Adjustments – Adjustment(s) for automatic upgrades, reallocations and training series

$0

$54,677

0

Other Adjustments – Funding provided for increase in building rent due to the re-bid of the Southeast Regional Office lease in FY 2000 in Kenner, Louisiana

$0

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution(s) – Replace $93,176 Lead Hazard Reduction Fund with Environmental Trust Fund due to realigning of programs to support revenue projections

$0

 $13,371,875

235

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$247,153

(5)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 94.3% of the total request ($14,173,227) for this program. The 6% decrease is due to non-recurring adjustment for asbestos and lead activity which are no longer needed for FY 99-00, equipment/major repairs adjustments, attrition and personnel reductions. This program has five (5) positions that had been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$25,000

 

Contract for medical exams to detect possible illness from exposure to work related activities

$5,000

 

Contract for Court Reporting - recording depositions during the process of discovery during an appeal and testimony from witnesses during hearings

$5,000

 

Contract for Lab Analysis of samples collected during surveillance and enforcement activities

$20,000

 

Contract for Ozone Episode Index Forecast to forecast the possibility of high ozone excursion episodes based on meteorological parameters

$50,000

 

Contract for Upper Air Meteorological Data to provide data for the Urban Airshed Model to assist in Ozone Strategy

$5,000

 

Contract for Expert Witnesses to provide testimony during administrative hearings in support of the division's cases

$15,000

 

Contract for Visible Emission Workshop which is a one day lecture on visible emissions given to DEQ and industry personnel by Eastern Technical training and certification as required by U.S. E.P.A.

$50,000

 

Chemical Specification - to analyze for the chemical specification on PM 2.5 filter. US Environmental Protection Agency requirement due to the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards

$20,000

 

Database Development – to provide assistance in new Asbestos database to replace CDs

$20,000

 

Lead Analysis and Data Management Plan – Development of lead Environmental Laboratory analysis

$10,000

 

Expert Witness – to provide testimony during administrative hearings in support of the division’s case

$15,000

 

Test Validation – Develop a third party testing program for lead based paint

$5,000

 

Court Reporting – for recording depositions during the process of discovery during an appeal and testimony from witnesses during hearings

$100,000

 

Funding for technical assistance for UAM-V Modeling Systems. Regional Ozone Modeling Studies

$41,000

 

AES Update – Emission Database Development

     

$386,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$300,000

 

Funding provided for implementation of the particulate matter (PM) fine monitoring program. This program will provide the agency with data relative to the level of fine particulate statewide

 

 

 

$300,000

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$29,841

 

Department of Civil Service for personnel services

$2,712

 

Division of Administration - Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) for training services

$54,170

 

Department of Civil Service for Administrative Law Division

$84,399

 

Department of Public Safety of Auto Emissions

$10,507

 

Division of Administration - rent in State-owned Buildings (Shreveport Office Building)

 

 

 

$181,629

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$388,074

 

Replacement of one (1) vehicle, library reference materials, and other air monitoring equipment, etc.

 

 

 

$388,074

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

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