Governing Law and Regulations
Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act (The Act), Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 8-4-201 to 8-4-231
Rules for the protection and management of groundwater: Title IV Arkansas Regulation (AR Reg.) 401-407
Registration of large water users: AR Reg. 402.1-402.9
Critical groundwater areas: AR Reg. 403.1-404.7
Comprehensive groundwater protection program: AR Reg. 405
Solid waste facilities: AR Reg. 22.523 to 22.620
New landfills: AR Reg. 22.424
Composting facilities: AR Reg. 22.803
Hazardous waste facilities: AR Reg. 23.264.90 to 23.264.101; AR Reg. 23.265.90 to 23.265.94 (interim status)
Groundwater monitoring: AR Reg. 23.264.90
Agricultural wastes: AR Reg. 5.404
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Hazardous Waste Division
ADEQ Water Division Water Quality Planning Branch Ground Water Protection Program
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ADNR) Water Management Division
Arkansas Department of Health (DOH) Division of Engineering
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The state generally follows EPA's federal rules for groundwater protection, but has some additional requirements as well. For more information about the federal regulations, see the national section GROUNDWATER.
Groundwater in Arkansas is regulated by different agencies with the Department of Natural Resources taking the lead on issues pertaining to groundwater quality and quantity protection. The Department of Environmental Quality also regulates groundwater as it pertains to permits for discharge or in ...