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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 productivity 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 reduce air pollutants to levels which comply with national air quality standards. The activities in this program are: Air Quality, Asbestos, and Lead.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. The Air Quality Program will continue to meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards in parishes that are currently in attainment with the standards while ensuring that the Baton Rouge area will be in attainment with the ozone standard by June 30, 1999.

1. Stationary, area, and mobile sources for ozone nonattaintment areas. Although the non-attainment area is now 2 parishes smaller, emissions are reported from the original seven parishes so comparisons can be made from year to year.

2. Recent studies indicate that the reduction of nitrogen oxides does not reduce the formation of ozone in the South Louisiana environment. Regulation to reduce the emission of these chemicals has been discontinued. The level of emission should remain near present levels.

3. Stations in Baton Rouge ozone non-attainment areas.

 

Number of Days Exceeding Ozone Standards by Year

 

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Baton Rouge Area

13

13

15

9

4

5

3

11

4

8

2. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Planning and Budget do not agree upon a mutually acceptable objective for this performance information.

1. The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is compiled according to EPA regulations and is based upon currently regulated chemicals. As EPA adds or deletes chemicals from regulation, they are likewise added or deleted from the inventory. Consequently, while this is the official federal inventory it is variable through time and reductions in tonnage are due, in part, to the delisting of chemicals.

2. The Toxic Emissions Data Inventory (TEDI) which began in 1991 is more consistent through time but includes some chemicals which have been removed from federal regulation.

3. The Air Quality Program will reduce the public's exposure to asbestos hazards by ensuring compliance with state and federal asbestos regulations in those schools or state buildings or during demolition/renovations where asbestos is present and by ensuring a properly trained asbestos workforce is available during FY 1998-99.

4. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Planning and Budget do not agree upon a mutually acceptable objective for this performance information.

1. Rules promulgated 12/20/97 apply only to target housing and child-occupied buildings.

2. Public outreach involves lead-based paint hazard awareness projects directed toward private and public housing, child care facilities, painters, remodelers and others who may disturb lead-based paint.

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

$13,116,240

240

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$13,116,240

240

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($544,640)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Nonrecurring: -$1,329,790; Replacement/New: +$785,150)

$0

$163,829

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$145,268

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($670,973)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

$2,021

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and other Statewide Interagency Transfer Activities

$0

$24,242

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$0

$1,008

0

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$0

$240,740

0

 

Annualization of 31 positions added during the Regular Session of 1997

$0

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution(s) - Replace Statutory Dedications (Lead Hazard Reduction Fund) with Federal Funds because the federal fund grant monies have increased and the need for Lead Hazard Reduction dollars has decreased

$0

$346,987

0

 

Funding provided for Incumbent Adjustments and Automatic Upgrades

$0

$300,000

0

 

New/Expanded for implementing the particulate matter (PM) fine monitoring program. This program will provide the agency with data relative to the levels of fine particulates statewide.

 

 

 

 

 

$0

          $13,124,722

240

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$8,482

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100% of the existing operating budget. It represents 97% of the total request ($13,523,425) for this program. The net increases in this program are due to: funding being provided for incumbent adjustments and automatic upgrades; a new/expanded request for implementing the particulate matter (PM) for fine monitoring program and annualization of 31 positions added during the Regular Session of 1997. This program does not have any positions that have 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

$10,000

 

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

$10,000

 

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 Control 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 Association for education, training, and certification as required by U.S. E.P.A.

 

 

$50,000

 

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

$30,000

 

Funding provided for application software to enhance to the public on Pollution Standard Index (PSI) and Ozone Action Program (OAP) activities

$11,000

 

Contract to implement file numbering and label system and computer tracking system Phase II

$100,000

 

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

$50,000

 

Contract to develop a database for the emission inventories

 

 

 

$376,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$153,807

 

Federal grant for the Office of Compliance Monitoring (OCM) Toxic Substances Control Act Enforcement - Asbestos Accreditation Enforcement Program support for OCM Asbestos Program

$25,000

 

Federal grant for the small Business Assistance Grant # A-006148-92 - contract with Governor's Office to maintain the small business 1-800 Hotline and act as a national liaison for U.S. E.P.A. for the Small Business Assistance Program

$89,253

 

Lead Hazard Reduction

$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

 

 

 

$568,060

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$25,918

 

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

$8,472

 

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

$10,000

 

Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Based Paint Samples

 

 

 

$185,671

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$785,150

 

Replacement of seventeen vehicles, library reference materials, air monitoring equipment, and new office equipment (desk, bookcase, computer station, side chairs, filing camera, safety equipment), etc.

 

 

 

$785,150

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

13 DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY


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