Arkansas Environment

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (4th District) speaking in 2013 at the Arkansas Capitol when he was a State Rep.
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Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman's first piece of major legislation is to go up for a final vote Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

KUAR's Chris Hickey has a look at what the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 would do and why it came about.

Westerman has a background in forestry, having received a Master's Degree in the subject from Yale University. So it goes that Westerman turned his Congressional attention to a bill affecting management of forests on federal land.

Sierra Club Glen Hooks
Lilyan Kauffman

The Arkansas Public Service Commission on Wednesday grant limited status to the Arkansas Sierra Club’s request to intervene in Entergy Arkansas Inc.’s $167 million rate case, saying the environmental group had established “specific interests” to participate in the regulatory docket.

Little Italy
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The Little Rock City Board of Directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a resolution opposing efforts by the Little Italy community in Pulaski County to become its own municipality.

Kristy Eanes, co-chair of the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force, says residents filed a petition to become its own city in hopes of preserving its historic, rural atmosphere as Little Rock continues to expand westward. Fewer than 400 people live in the community.

Despite a federal appeals court's rejection of a lawsuit challenging a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that would curb carbon emissions from power plants, Arkansas may still litigate the issue as the rule is finalized this summer. The proposed rule, known as 111(d), would require that Arkansas's electric utilities reduce carbon emissions at their power plants by 44 percent by the year 2030. The national target is a 30 percent emissions reduction.

U.S. Court Of Appeals Throws Out EPA Challenge On Clean Power Plan

Jun 9, 2015
Leslie Rutledge attorney general
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial Clean Power Plan by attorneys general in several states, including Arkansas.

Mayflower Oil Spill
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The utility which provides drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Central Arkansans says three provisions of an agreement between the state, federal government and the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company are “unacceptable.” 

A challenge to a federal court ruling enjoining over $3 million in federal loan guarantees to a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in the Buffalo National River Watershed has been dropped. The US Department of Justice withdrew its challenge to US Eastern District Judge D. Price Marshall's ruling on Friday. The loan-giving agencies - the Small Business Administration and the Farm Service Agency - now have to complete an environmental impact study within one year in order for the loans to C&H Hog Farms be guaranteed.

The Buffalo River
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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
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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.

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