Air Issues in Arkansas
Air Programs and Issues in Arkansas
The Clean Air Act (CAA) establishes a number of permitting programs designed to carry out the goals of the act. Some of these programs are directly implemented by EPA's South Central Region (Region 6), but most are carried out by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Exit
Air Regulations in Arkansas
EPA finalized its action to approve revisions to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP).
The comment period ended on June 1, 2015 for The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final action to approve revisions to the Arkansas SIP related to the Fee Regulations section of the Arkansas SIP that were submitted by the State of Arkansas on November 6, 2012. The EPA has evaluated the SIP submittal from Arkansas and determined these revisions are consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA). The EPA is approving this action under section 110 of the Act.
This direct final rule is effective on June 29, 2015 without further notice, unless the EPA finds adverse comments submitted during the comment period that ended June 1, 2015. If the EPA receives such comment, the EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take effect. The regulation ID: EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0054-0001 is published on www.regulations.gov.
EPA Region 6 Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permitting for Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule” (GHG Tailoring Rule), Arkansas submitted a SIP on Aug. 2, 2012. The SIP revision included amendments to Regulations No. 19, and No. 26 to incorporate the portions of the GHG Tailoring Rule that are needed for ADEQ to be able to permit greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sources. So that there will be no period of time when businesses in Arkansas are unable to obtain the necessary permits, the responsibility of issuing the GHG portion of PSD permits to sources located in the state remained under the purview of EPA’s authority in accordance with the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP). Arkansas’s GHG Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Tailoring Rule SIP revisions were approved by EPA on April 2, 2013, granting ADEQ the authority to issue GHG permits in the state. For more information about Air Programs in Arkansas, contact the Air Division of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) at Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Exit