Arkansas Environment

The Buffalo River

A 180-day moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations – or CAFOs – in the Buffalo River Watershed is now in effect, for the third time.

Inside C & H Hog Farms near Mount Judea
Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he supports reinstating a moratorium on issuing any new permits for hog farms near the Buffalo National River.

Hutchinson in a statement released by his office Wednesday called for reinstating the 180-day moratorium on issuing permits for medium to large scale animal-feeding operations in the Buffalo River watershed. The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission is expected to vote Friday on reinstating the moratorium, which expired earlier this week.

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The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties from a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.

Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending its public comment period on proposed rules to limit emissions for several coal-fired power plants in Arkansas. The regulations are intended limit haze around national wilderness areas.

Legal Arguments On EPA’s Rules For Coal Plants Begin Today

Apr 16, 2015

The court will hear arguments on two separate but related lawsuits against the EPA in the wake of last June’s proposed rule requiring states to reduce carbon dioxide emission by 30 percent in 15 years. The rule, also known as President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, has been the subject of controversy among power companies, alternative energy supporters and business interests since last summer.


Grid operator Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said Wednesday that it would cost up to $2.9 billion a year to develop a regional plan to comply with President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) that the federal Environmental Protection Agency is expected to hand down later this summer.

Fort Smith agrees to make almost $500 million in improvements to its sewer system to eliminate federal Clean Water Act violations.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a federal judge signed a consent decree Monday to approve the agreement that involves the city, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Arkansas Natural Gas Drilling Declines, With Fewest Rigs In Decade

Apr 7, 2015
Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
Arkansas Times

Arkansas’ rig count has fallen to levels not seen in nearly a decade as natural gas drillers and oilfield equipment firms continue to cut capital spending as oil and gas prices search for a bottom.

At the same time, Arkansas severance tax collections hit a sudden headwind, falling precipitously by 47.5% from $6.08 million a year ago to nearly $3.19 million in February. State tax revenue for natural gas production also fell nearly 50% from $6.27 million in January, according to tax data compiled by the Revenue Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration.

Leslie Rutledge attorney general

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge testified before a congressional committee in Washington Thursday, saying proposed regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency would be an "economic disaster" for Arkansas.

The House Oversight Subcommittee on the Interior heard from officials about the Clean Power Plan, which in Arkansas would require cutting carbon emissions by 44 percent by 2030.

Leslie Rutledge attorney general
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she will testify before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

Rutledge announced Tuesday that she has accepted an invitation to testify Thursday before the Oversight Subcommittee on the Interior and will discuss U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations and the impact of those regulations on the states.

Rutledge said in a statement that "the EPA continues to pile on burdensome regulations" that she says harms Arkansas' existing industry and makes it difficult to attract new industry.