Crittenden County Ozone Advance Program

The ADEQ has joined the Ozone Advance Program and is developing a plan to implement voluntary measures and programs to reduce ozone pollution in Crittenden County. The Ozone Advance Program is a voluntary program designed to ensure continued compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, and it is designed to be a collaborative effort among the United States Environmental Protection Agency, states, local governments, businesses, and industry.

Crittenden County was previously designated as non-attainment for the 1997 ozone NAAQS and the 2008 ozone NAAQS. Ozone levels in the area have declined since the initial non-attainment designations, and Crittenden County was re-designated to attainment status for each of the NAAQS in 2010 and 2016 respectively. While the area’s current ozone design value is below the 2015 ozone NAAQS of 70 parts per billion, the design value is within six percent of the 2015 ozone NAAQS. It is hoped that voluntary emissions reduction strategies implemented under the Ozone Advance Program will help ensure that ozone levels in Crittenden County remain in compliance with the ozone NAAQS and help to avoid regulatory and, by extension, economic impacts associated with a non-attainment designation.

Reductions in ozone pollution:

  • Improve health-outcomes for local residents;
  • Provide the county with a buffer against non-attainment designation in the event of a more stringent ozone NAAQS in the future; and
  • Result in additional improvements in air quality for other pollutants, such as fine particulate matter.

Request for Information and Proposed Ozone Advance Path Forward

ADEQ is requesting information and seeking input from all interested persons on a draft Ozone Advance Crittenden County Path Forward, which is the strategy for implementation of the Ozone Advance Program. The plan outlines the basics of the Ozone Advance Program, provides information on the health and ecological impacts of ozone pollution, and sets forth measures to improve air quality, an implementation schedule, and provisions for public/stakeholder involvement.

ADEQ is requesting that all interested parties submit comments to ADEQ on the draft plan and request for information by 4:30 p.m. on September 25, 2017. Information responsive to this request for information and comments on the draft Path Forward plan should be sent to:

Tricia Treece
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
5301 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118

Electronic mail comments should be sent to the following address: treecep@adeq.state.ar.us.