In a press conference Thursday, officials heading the Mayflower Oil Spill clean up efforts say the air and water qualities in the affected area remain at safe levels for residents. 6,750 cubic yards of solid waste materials have been removed from the site, but more decontamination must be done to remove the 5,000 barrels of oil spilled.
Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, the local on-scene coordinator, assures residents that the Mayflower Incident United Command team has experts and trained staff to handle all aspects of the clean up.
Severe storms are expected Thursday throughout Arkansas as a storm system and cold front gradually make their way through the state.
The National Weather Service says isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are possible ahead of and along the cold front. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says western Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather, while the central and eastern parts of the state are at a moderate risk.
Tyson Foods has donated more than 27,000 pounds of chicken to the Arkansas Rice Depot.
The donation to the statewide food bank arrived Wednesday. Arkansas Rice Depot President and CEO Laura Rhea says the donation is essential to help the food bank support dozens of pantries and thousands of people in every Arkansas county. She says the group distributes 9 million pounds of food each year.
Senators Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe), David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) present amendments to SB 1020 in House committee Wednesday afternoon. Bills and appropriations for the so called private option of Medicaid expansion passed the Arkansas legislature Wednesday.
Arkansas will await federal approval of a plan to provide private health insurance to roughly 250,000 of the state’s working poor with federal money after the state Senate approved a bill allowing the plan to be funded Wednesday night.
Environmental activists who oppose the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline are looking to the recent oil spill in Mayflower to solidify their case as they plan to testify against the new pipeline Thursday in Nebraska.
Proponents of the pipeline argue it is still the safest mode of transport for a resource which people must continue to rely on.