RULEMAKING: Public Health - Notice of Intent

November 09, 2017
Sanitary Code / Water Supplies Louisiana Standards for Water Works Construction, Operation and Maintenance [LAC 51:XII.101, 105, 107, 111-123, 125-163, 165-169, 171-191, 201-209, 211-223, 225-231, 233-255, 257-275, 277-279, 319] Under the authority of R.S. 40:4, 40:4.13, and 40:5 and in accordance with R.S. 49:950 et seq., the Administrative Procedure Act, notice is hereby given that the state health officer, acting through the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health (LDH-OPH), intends to amend Part XII (Water Supplies) of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51). When effective, the proposed amendments to Part XII will assist LDH-OPH in ensuring the continued protection of the health of the public from contaminated drinking water through enforceable construction, operation and maintenance standards that address the proper design, operation and maintenance of public water systems. The proposed rulemaking is authorized under Act 292 and Act 488 of the Regular Legislative Sessions, 2013 and 2014, respectively. These Louisiana standards were developed and approved by the Louisiana Standards for Water Works Construction, Operation, and Maintenance Committee (a.k.a., “water committee”) which was initially created by Act 292 of 2013. The Recommended Standards for Water Works, 2012 Edition (commonly referred to as the “Ten State Standards” and published by the Great Lakes - Upper Mississippi River Board of State and Provincial Public Health and Environmental Managers) was used as the basis of this proposed rule and the text therein was modified by the water committee to develop a customized state version which, in certain instances, is more applicable to the South’s climatic conditions and to Louisiana, in particular. The effective date of the final rule is proposed to be postponed until August 1, 2018 for the permitting of new public water systems or the modification to existing public water systems. The bulk of the proposed Louisiana standards are contained in the following listed Subchapters (with the general subject matter listed in the same order as in the Ten State Standards).
April 20, 2017
Under the authority of R.S. 40:4 and 40:5, and in accordance with R.S. 49:950 et seq., the Administrative Procedure Act, notice is hereby given that the state health officer, acting through the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health (LDH-OPH), intends to reenact and amend parts of Section 309 of Part VII (Dairy Products Regulations) of Title 51. This Rule is being proposed to eliminate a current requirement that certain testing of raw milk samples be performed at a state-run facility. The Notice of Intent was published in the Louisiana Register Vol. 43, No. 04 April 20, 2017.
October 07, 2016
In accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, (R.S. 49:950, et seq.), the state health officer acting through the Department of Health, Office of Public Health (LDH-OPH), proposes to promulgate a rule to amend Part XII (Water Supplies) of Title 51 (Public Health?Sanitary Code) of the Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC). This action is being taken pursuant to the rulemaking authority granted by R.S. 40:4 and 40:5. The proposed rule is required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in order that the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health (LDH-OPH) can maintain primacy (primary enforcement authority) over the regulation of public water systems in Louisiana. Particularly, this action is required under 40 CFR Part 142 (National Primary Drinking Water Regulations - Implementation) which was promulgated by the USEPA under the authority of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (42 USC 300f, et seq.). Failure to adopt this proposed rule may cause the USEPA to withdraw its primacy delegation to LDH-OPH (with loss of federal grant funds) and/or may authorize USEPA to more easily take direct enforcement actions against non-complying public water systems located in Louisiana.
September 10, 2015
The proposed rule recodifies and amends Louisiana Administrative Code Title 49, Part I, Chapter 12 – Tanning Facility Regulations, which was originally promulgated in the March 20, 1992 edition of the Louisiana Register in accordance with Act 587 of 1990. Amendments to the newly recodified Sections 1201-1247 of Chapter 12 reflect administrative changes as well as requirements of Act 193 of 2014 that enforced a new ban on minors’ use of tanning equipment.
September 10, 2015
The propose rule amends Louisiana Sanitary Code (LAC Title 51) Part II – The Control of Diseases, Sections 105-113, Part III – The Control of Rabies and Other Zoonotic Diseases, Section 103, Part XVII – Public Buildings, Schools, and Other Institutions, Section 501, and Part XXI – Day Care Centers and Residential Facilities, Section 105. Amendments update current disease reporting requirements of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Office of Public Health (OPH) based on recommendations of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
September 05, 2014
The proposed rule codifies the product registration fee schedule within section 105 of Part VI of Title 51 of the Louisiana Administrative Code raises the per-product fee from $20 to $27, as provided for by Act 125 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 2000 Louisiana Legislature.