Arkansas Environmental Protection Agency: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Arkansas Solid Waste Management Act, Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 8-6-201 to 8-6-222

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Solid Waste Management and Recycling Fund Act, AR Code Ann. 8-6-601 to 8-6-611

Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act, AR Code Ann. 8-4-101 to 8-4-316

Lead-Based Paint-hazard Act, AR Code Ann. 8-4-401 to 8-4-409

Arkansas Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1979, AR Code Ann. 8-7-201 to 8-7-227

Arkansas Resource Reclamation Act of 1979, AR Code Ann. 8-7-301 to 8-7-309

Remedial Action Trust Fund Act, AR Code Ann. 8-7-501 to 8-7-525

Arkansas recycling laws: AR Code Ann. 8-9-101 to 8-9-506

Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund Act, AR Code Ann. 8-7-901 to 8-7-909

Arkansas Groundwater Protection and Management Act, AR Code Ann. 15-22-901 to 15-22-915

Regulatory Agency

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In Arkansas, ADEQ is the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ADEQ is responsible for protecting the state's land, water, and air from pollution.

Administration and enforcement. ADEQ has received authorization from EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. To receive federal authorization, ADEQ's air, water, and waste management rules must be (at the time of authorization) at least as stringent as the federal rules. To maintain its federal authorization, ADEQ must continue to either adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or implement more stringent state standards.

State Requirements


ADEQ staff is headed by a director, a chief deputy director, and a deputy ...

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