Arkansas Environment

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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.

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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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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed to approve Arkansas’ request to designate Crittenden County as attaining the federal 2008 ozone standard, a move that Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and other officials said will boost the state’s economic development in eastern Arkansas.

The proposed “attainment” designation comes after a letter last month from Hutchinson requesting the EPA to remove the eastern Arkansas county from the federal “dirty air” nonattainment list, a designation that goes back to the Huckabee administration’s recruitment of a Toyota superproject.

Arkansas Ag Secretary, Israeli Ag Minister Speak At Arkansas Soil & Water Conference

Jan 27, 2016

A group of several hundred people spent Wednesday learning how soil and water can play a key role in the growth of crops as well as helping the bottom line of farmers. They even learned how other countries are using technology to conserve water and energy.

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward gave the keynote speech at the Arkansas Soil and Water Conference in front of 250 people at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center. Those who attended the conference learned about everything from cover crops and no-till farming to poly-pipe and rice irrigation.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the Ouachita River in southern Arkansas.

Forecasters in Little Rock said Sunday that the warning will continue through Wednesday and includes parts of the river in Calhoun, Ouachita, Bradley and Union counties.

At 6 a.m. Sunday the river's stage at Thatcher was 82.2 feet and flood stage is 79 feet. Forecasters say minor flooding is already occurring and the river's level is expected to continue to rise through early Tuesday afternoon.

Little Rock-based Southwest Power Pool is one of the regional transmission organizations participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s ongoing Grid Modernization Initiative that’s central to the Obama Administration’s initiative to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system.

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