Ambient air monitoring
throughout the state of Arkansas speaks to the effectiveness of the ADEQ's Air
Division program -- Arkansas is only one of a handful of states in the country that
currently and consistently meets all federal air quality standards for criteria
pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, particulates, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and
The Air Division also has received all delegable air programs,
including the Title V program for major sources of pollutants, from Region 6 of
the US Environmental Protection Agency. These programs include the New Source
Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
(NESHAPS), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and the State Implementation
By working closely with businesses and industries, the Air Division
issues permits that help maintain and improve the air quality for all citizens in
the state. The Air Division has four branches,
Program Support, Planning
and Air Quality Analysis, Permits,
and Compliance Monitoring. Staff in
these branches are available to answer questions and help with any technical problems
The ADEQ Air Division is located at 5301 Northshore Drive, North
Little Rock. Click the "Where We Are" menu button to the left for maps
Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule
In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Prevention of Significant Deterioration and
Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule” (GHG Tailoring Rule), Arkansas submitted a SIP on Aug. 2, 2012.
The SIP revision included amendments to Regulations No. 19, and No. 26 to incorporate the portions of the
GHG Tailoring Rule that are needed for ADEQ to be able to permit greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sources.
So that there will be no period of time when businesses in Arkansas are unable to obtain the necessary permits,
the responsibility of issuing the GHG portion of PSD permits to sources located in the state remained under the purview
of EPA’s authority in accordance with the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP). Arkansas’s GHG Prevention of Significant
Deterioration (PSD) Tailoring Rule SIP revisions were approved by EPA on April 2, 2013, granting ADEQ the authority to
issue GHG permits in the state. Below is a link to a PowerPoint presentation with information about greenhouse
gases and permitting in Arkansas.
Emissions Inventory & Ambient Air Monitoring of Natural Gas Production in the Fayetteville Shale Region
ADEQ completed a two-part study that estimated emissions associated with natural gas production and performed air quality monitoring
at gas production sites in the Fayetteville Shale. The resulting inventory estimated county-level emissions from gas production for the year 2008. Ground-based
ambient air monitoring was performed from 2010 - 2011 at sites including compressor stations that transport natural gas and new wells that were undergoing drilling
or hydraulic fracturing. This preliminary study could support future assessments of the effects of natural gas production on air quality and public health.
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