Governing Law and Regulations
Arkansas Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund (CWRLF) Program: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Rules (ANRC Rules) 16.305
Public utility construction: Utility Facility Environmental and Economic Protection Act, Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 23-18-511
Timber cutting: AR Code Ann. 15-41-108
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
Arkansas Public Services Commission (PSC)
Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission (SGFC)
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC)
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires all federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for proposed major actions that significantly affect the quality of the human environment.
In addition, Arkansas requires certain state agencies to conduct an environmental review related to projects that have a significant impact on the environment. PSC requires an EIS before obtaining a certificate to construct a public utility facility. Arkansas requires an EIS before cutting timber on land belonging to the SGFC. An EIS must also be conducted for each project requesting funding from the CWRLF Program. ANRC requires an environmental review for Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP) water and wastewater grants. Certain projects could be the subject of review on a case-by-case basis under ADEQ's various permitting and other regulatory programs.
• Administration and enforcement. ADEQ, SGFC, and ANRC administer and enforce EIS requirements for ...