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ADEQ Extends Comment Period

ADEQ Director Keogh has extended the comment period for the draft permit for C&H Hog Farms by twenty (20) days. The comment period will now close April 6, 2017, at 4:30 PM CT. Those wishing to provide comments on the draft permit to ADEQ may submit them by email at Water-Draft-Permit-Comment@adeq.state.ar.us, or by mail to: Katherine McWilliams, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Water Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118-5317. Comments submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than April 6, 2017.

Study Shows No Evidence of Pond Release

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) completed its review of the C&H Hog Farms Drilling Study Report. ADEQ’s review found no evidence of a release from the storage ponds.

Harbor Environmental and Safety successfully completed the drilling study project in a manner consistent with the Drilling Study Work Plan. The drilling study achieved the objective of the project by identifying that the anomaly in the Electrical Resistivity Imaging (ERI) study noted by Dr. Todd Halihan at 120.5 feet below ground surface was groundwater, and not a release. The findings of this study will inform and enable the department to move forward with the pending permitting decisions for C&H Hog Farms.

Executive Summary and Responses

Go RED!

ADEQ is accepting proposals for funding assistance from the current Reduce Emissions from Diesels (Go RED!) program. We have approximately $600,000 available in “Go RED!” funds to award to public and private entities and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

This emissions reduction program provides funding assistance to eligible entities for replacement or retrofitting of diesel engines and diesel-powered vehicles resulting in the reduction of emissions. Projects that are selected for awards must reduce diesel emissions in Arkansas by employing measures such as exhaust controls, engine upgrades, idle reduction technologies, engine replacement and vehicle/equipment replacement.

More information, including the current Applicant Guide, can be found on the ADEQ Go RED! page.

2018 Water Assessment Methodology Review

ADEQ is in Phase II of a three phase review process for the Assessment Methodology in preparation for the 2018 305(b) report and 2018 303(d) list (impaired waterbodies list). A stakeholder workgroup made up of various local, state, and federal government representatives; industrial, municipal, and utility representatives; and conservation and environmental representatives will discuss possible revisions to the current 2016 Assessment Methodology.

Volkswagen Settlement

Arkansas is to receive $13,951,016 from a settlement with Volkswagen to reduce motor vehicle emissions in the state.

Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee

On September 30, 2016, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee. Learn how to get involved and how Arkansas state agencies are planning to address water quality concerns in the Buffalo River Watershed.

Air Monitoring at Georgia-Pacific

Georgia-Pacific, in cooperation with Region 6 of the EPA, ADEQ, and Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is voluntarily conducting an ambient air monitoring assessment for hydrogen sulfide in Crossett.

Submit applications for ADEQ’s annual environmental awards now through March 17, 2017.

ADEQ offers free weekly hands-on, computer-based NetDMR training classes. Pre-registration is required.

Environmentally Speaking is a column addressing ways we can preserve and protect our environment.

Learn more about our commitment to Arkansas in the booklet: 2015 ADEQ
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