Arkansas Environment

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At Hot Springs National Park, rangers are fighting to protect an ecosystem besieged by invasive species, and recently, they turned to a biological weapon, a mercenary army whose absence of mercy is matched only by their competitiveness around food.

Mary Stafford started out a few years ago by keeping a herd of goats at her house in Vilonia. She says they make great pets. They have big personalities and puckish charm.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted Friday to implement new regulations intended to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk. 

The regulations set up a management zone for a ten-county region in north-central Arkansas where the feeding of deer and elk will be restricted. Hunters there will also be encouraged to kill more of the animals in order to reduce the population density and to submit samples for testing. Dead carcasses are not allowed to be transported outside the zone.

State To Oversee New Hog Farm Testing

Jun 24, 2016
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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced that it will oversee new testing of an industrial hog farm near the Buffalo River. The new studies will collect data about materials lining waste storage ponds at the farm.

Central Arkansas Water is seeking public input concerning efforts to alter recreational regulations for Lake Maumelle and Lake Winona. Public comments will be combined with the water utility’s research to plan how the land should be used.

Spokesman Doug Shackelford notes the utility’s criteria for considering public suggestions.

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Convoys of cyclists will take to the streets of central Arkansas Friday morning as the kick off event for “Ditch the Keys” week. “Bike to Work” day is a national event, which has been incorporated into a regional campaign to draw awareness to, and improve air quality in Little Rock and the surrounding cities.

Metroplan, Rock Region METRO, Bicycle Advocates of Central Arkansas, and several other organizations are supporting the event by encouraging biking or walking to work.

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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is discontinuing its practice of issuing permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, also known as CAFOs. 

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Arkansas is halting its effort to craft and implement a plan to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkansas Public Service Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that stakeholder meetings will cease as a result of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the EPA’s plan to reduce carbon emission to curb climate change.

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Spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes. March first is the beginning of the three-month Great Arkansas Cleanup, when volunteers will shake out the rugs for out-of-state visitors.

“It is absolutely essential for tourists to get a good impression of Arkansas when they come to visit,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager for Keep Arkansas Beautiful, which is part of the state Department of Parks and Tourism.

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Arkansas officials are evaluating what steps to take in response to the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halting a federal rule limiting carbon emissions at power plants.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined the lawsuit with 26 other states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency rule, commonly known as the Clean Power Plan or section  111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The plan was a key piece of President Barack Obama's policy platform to combat climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama's plan to cut power plant emissions is good news.

Arkansas is one of 27 states suing to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to block enforcement of the plan while the litigation is pending.

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