Arkansas Environment http://ualrpublicradio.org en Waste Removal Plan For Majestic Hotel Site Under Review http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/waste-removal-plan-majestic-hotel-site-under-review <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kuar/files/Majestic_Hotel_Debris_Removal_Plan-ADEQ_Submittal.pdf" target="_blank">A plan to clean up and remove hazardous waste</a> at the site of the former Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is under review by officials at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Possible asbestos, an unused fuel storage tank and a pile of debris have not left the former site of the hotel’s “Yellow Building”, which burned to the ground on February 27<sup>th</sup> . Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:46:24 +0000 Chris Hickey 27031 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Waste Removal Plan For Majestic Hotel Site Under Review Invasive Beetle That Kills Trees Confirmed In Three Arkansas Counties http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/invasive-beetle-kills-trees-confirmed-three-arkansas-counties <p>State agriculture officials say an insect native to Asia that kills ash trees has been confirmed in three Arkansas counties.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:34:39 +0000 Associated Press 26874 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Invasive Beetle That Kills Trees Confirmed In Three Arkansas Counties Central Arkansas Officials Tout New Fuel For Bus Fleet http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/central-arkansas-officials-tout-new-fuel-bus-fleet <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Fuel efficiency, cost effectiveness, cleaner air are all benefits a handful of local officials are praising with the dawning of the Central Arkansas Transit Authority's new, soon to be introduced natural gas fleet. </font></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:36:04 +0000 Chris Hickey 26660 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Central Arkansas Officials Tout New Fuel For Bus Fleet Reward Offered In Death Of Endangered Birds In Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/reward-offered-death-endangered-birds-arkansas <p></p><p>A reward is being offered for information on the deaths of several Interior least terns found on a small island in the Arkansas River.</p><p>Least terns are protected by federal and state endangered species regulations.</p><p>The endangered birds are found anywhere along the Arkansas River, from the Oklahoma state line to the Mississippi River.Their main nesting area is a section of the river from Clarksville downstream to Pine Bluff.</p><p>A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:10:59 +0000 Associated Press 26203 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Reward Offered In Death Of Endangered Birds In Arkansas Whirlpool Given Extension For Testing Devices Around Fort Smith Plant http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/whirlpool-given-extension-testing-devices-around-fort-smith-plant <p></p><p>Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.</p><p>The Times Record reports that Whirlpool asked the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for 60 additional days because access to perform the monitoring had not been granted by some property owners.</p><p>ADEQ Hazardous Waste Division Chief Tammie Hynum told Whirlpool that it should document and submit all efforts it has made to secure access.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:20:01 +0000 Associated Press 25517 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Whirlpool Given Extension For Testing Devices Around Fort Smith Plant Stakeholders Meeting Planned On Carbon Rules http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/stakeholders-meeting-planned-carbon-rules <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Environmental officials and utilities plan a public meeting to discuss new federal regulations designed to reduce the nation's carbon emissions.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the plan announced this month by President Barack Obama, Arkansas's goal is to cut emissions by nearly 45 percent by 2030. Arkansas gets about half its electricity from coal-fired power plants.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:47:04 +0000 Associated Press 25391 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Public Meeting Set On Buffalo River Hog Farm Rule http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/public-meeting-set-buffalo-river-hog-farm-rule <p><font color="#222222"><font face="Times New Roman, serif">A public hearing is planned in Harrison on a proposed regulation that would ban large hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed.</font></font></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 1.5;">The meeting is set for&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;evening in Harrison. The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission is considering a new regulation that would ban farms with 750-plus hogs weighing 55 pounds or more and farms with 3,000 or more hogs weighing less than 55 pounds.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:56:59 +0000 Associated Press 24881 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Representatives From Arkansas Express Concerns About Endangered Designation http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/representatives-arkansas-express-concerns-about-endangered-designation <p>Arkansas' four members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written to the Secretary of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about their concerns with a proposal to classify the Northern Long-Eared bat as an endangered species.</p><p>Congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, and Tom Cotton say they sent the letter Wednesday to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:49:19 +0000 Associated Press 24668 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas House Members Request EPA Field Hearing On Carbon Rule http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-house-members-request-epa-field-hearing-carbon-rule <p>Arkansas' four U.S. representatives are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold a field hearing in Arkansas on the agency's proposed carbon rule.</p><p>The EPA rules announced June 2 set a goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent nationwide from 2005 levels. The goal's deadline is 2030.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:55:09 +0000 Associated Press 24581 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Meeting Set To Discuss Carbon Pollution Reduction In Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/meeting-set-discuss-carbon-pollution-reduction-arkansas <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A meeting is set at which utilities and Arkansas officials are to discuss new federal rules that are to reduce carbon pollution.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Public Service Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are to hold the public meeting at 9 a.m. June 25 at the </span>ADEQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> office in North Little Rock.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:52:30 +0000 Associated Press 24541 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Meeting Set To Discuss Carbon Pollution Reduction In Arkansas