Governing Law and Regulations
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Air Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Arkansas's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a plan that details basic strategies for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
• Administration and enforcement. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ) Air Division is responsible for administering and enforcing Arkansas's air pollution rules.
ARKANSAS'S AIR PROGRAM
Arkansas's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, emissions standards, HAPs, and other air-related requirements.
The areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment for that particular criteria pollutant. Currently, ...