Governing Law and Regulations
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Water Division Permits Branch
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 has been granted authority by EPA to administer the NPDES permit program in Arkansas and generally follows the federal requirements when considering and granting wastewater variances. See the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for more information about the federal requirements and the state section NPDES PERMIT for more information about Arkansas's NPDES program.
Arkansas may grant for cause temporary variances from the requirements of any permit or interim authority to construct or operate during any applicable public notice period.
• Administration and enforcement. ADEQ's Permits Branch in the Water Division administers and enforces Arkansas's water quality program and makes variance determinations.
AR Code Ann. 8-4-230
ADEQ may, for compelling reasons and good cause, grant temporary variances from the requirements of any permit issued. However, a temporary variance cannot exceed 90 days, except when a longer period is justified by circumstances beyond the applicant's control. ADEQ may grant a request for an extension of a temporary variance at any time before the expiration date.
ADEQ may require an initial processing fee of $200 for a request ...