What's New at ADEQ?
ADEQ and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission have invited speakers from watershed groups and state and local agencies to address this year’s conference theme, “A Fluid Mosaic: The Big Picture of Watersheds.” The conference will be October 27-28 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs.
Conservation and restoration practitioners, water quality specialists, land-use and water-supply planners, elected officials, managers, and citizens engaged in water work are encouraged to attend the conference. Visit the 2016 Arkansas Watershed Conference webpage for more information or to register. Online registrations will be accepted until Friday, October 21. The cost is $35 per day. An optional pre-conference Trolley Tour Scavenger Hunt is available for $6 per person.
ADEQ drilling activities at C&H Hog Farms near Mt. Judea have come to a close. Field work was completed by Harbor Environmental and Safety on Monday, September 26, 2016. Harbor anticipates submitting a final findings report to ADEQ by January 2017.
ADEQ is currently gathering information from recycling collection facilities/programs to create an electronic Scrapbook of Arkansas Recycling. Entities that complete the form by October 31 will be included in the initial release on America Recycles Day (November 15).
ADEQ will present six free workshops on regulated waste management and pollution prevention. The two-hour training will be at various locations around the state, starting October 19, 2016, and running through March 14, 2017.
Beginning December 21, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require all Arkansas National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees to submit discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) electronically using the web-based tool NetDMR. Permittees can complete reports that are specific to their permit limits and transfer them to the EPA through this secure internet application. ADEQ is offering weekly training classes and other assistance.
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.
ADEQ offers free weekly hands-on, computer-based NetDMR training classes. Pre-registration is required.
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