Arkansas Environment

Local & Regional News
1:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Arkansas Panel Approves Steel Mill Air Permit

An environmental regulatory panel has issued an air quality permit for a planned $1.2 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas.

The Pollution Control and Ecology Commission approved the permit Friday for Big River Steel. Company CEO John Correnti says the commission's action opens the way for the mill to be financed and for construction to start.

Correnti says the site will have a peak of 2,000 construction workers over the two years it will take to build the site. The mill itself will have 545 employees.

Local & Regional News
9:01 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Arkansas Panel To Vote On Steel Mill Air Permit

An environmental regulatory panel is to vote on whether to issue an air quality permit for the proposed $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill that backers want to build in northeast Arkansas.

The Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday is to hear arguments from lawyers from steel business competitor Nucor, which is trying to block construction of the new mill.

An administrative law judge earlier rejected Nucor's challenge, but the permit still has to be approved by the commission for the plant to be built.

Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Clinton School Building Becomes Oldest In Arkansas To Receive Certification

(Left to right) Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service (speaking), Debbie Shock, director of operations and facilities for the Clinton Presidential Center and Jason Hartke, vice-president of national policy with the United States Green Building Council.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A former railroad station in Little Rock that today houses the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is getting a new certification for energy efficiency.

To mark Earth Day, officials gathered Tuesday in front of Sturgis Hall, which was built in 1899, to make the announcement.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

More Events In Store For Arkansans Celebrating Earth Day

The view from Pinnacle Mountain
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

For those who may have missed Earth Day celebrations over the weekend, numerous activities and events are scheduled across Arkansas this week. Tuesday is Earth Day. The Day was first celebrated in 1970 to promote environmental awareness.

“For the State Parks everyday is Earth Day...There are programs going on in all the Parks about it that are about being out and taking care of the earth and all that,” he says.

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Local & Regional News
9:06 am
Mon April 21, 2014

USGS Reports Several Small Earthquakes In Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that several small earthquakes have been recorded near Fairfield Bay in central Arkansas.

The USGS reports show five quakes with preliminary magnitudes from 1.7 to 2.1 were recorded from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning - each about eight miles southwest of Fairfield Bay. The area is about 50 miles north of Little Rock.

Police say there are no reports of injury or damage.

Local & Regional News
9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Bumpers, his wife Betty, and other family members are expected to attend the event in addition to wildlife service director Dan Ashe.

Local & Regional News
8:59 am
Fri April 18, 2014

US Agency To Reopen Public Comment On Mussels

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas.

The two threatened species are the Rabbitsfoot mussel and the Neosho Mucket mussel. Under the Endangered Species Act, the service must consider areas thought to be crucial to a species' conservation and to mark them as a critical habitat.

The proposed critical habitat for the two mussel species consist of about 783 miles of rivers and streams in Arkansas.

Local & Regional News
11:15 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Little Rock's Sustainability Summit Set For Thursday

Business, environmental and civic leaders will gather Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Center to discuss the future of Little Rock's “green” efforts.

The 5th Annual Sustainability Summit is free, with the public encouraged to come share their thoughts.

The city’s Sustainability Officer Melinda Glasgow said Little Rock has made some improvements since last year.

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Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals

Lake Maumelle, as seen from the peak of Pinnacle Mountain in Roland, Arkansas.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The use of land around the lake providing nearly 400,000 Arkansans with drinking water is the topic of recommendations the Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is submitting to Pulaski County Quorum Court this week. The Court will then decide on including the recommendations in a zoning ordinance for the watershed. The 31-member task force, comprised of people representing various interests, has been meeting regularly for nearly a year to come up with the recommendations.

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Local & Regional News
9:33 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Search For Arkansas Forestry Pilot To Resume

After another day of foul weather slowing the search for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and aircraft, search crews were planning to resume the effort.

Numerous agencies have combined efforts to try to find Jake Harrell, who has been missing since Friday afternoon.

Teams are searching from the air and on foot through rugged wilderness in western Arkansas.

Crews on Wednesday are to focus on the area around Oden, which is closest to Harrell's last known communication.  

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