Arkansas Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arkansas Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground storage tanks (USTs): Arkansas Regulation (AR Reg.) 12.104

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Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): AR Reg. 12.103

Oil and gas wells: Oil and Gas Commission Regulations (Rule) B-34

Regulatory Agencies

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director's Office Emergency Response Section

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM)

Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission (Commission)

Arkansas State Police State Fire Marshal's Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arkansas generally follows the federal rules for oil spill response and reporting, and has some additional requirements as well. See the national section OIL SPILLS for more information about the federal requirements.

Notification of an oil spill must made to ADEM, which is staffed 24 hours a day and ADEQ's Emergency Response Section. ADEM's emergency response phone number is 800-322-4012.

Arkansas has incorporated by reference federal UST release reporting requirements under 40 CFR 280 for releases that cause a sheen on the water, any underground release, or any spill or overfill of petroleum over 25 gallons (gal) (AR Reg. 12.104).

Leaking underground storage tank (LUST) investigations are conducted at facilities that report a suspected or confirmed release. The investigation consists of recording the report in the LUST database, determining compliance status of the facility, reviewing the facility's initial response to a release report, requiring and reviewing an initial site characterization (ISC) report, and making a referral (if necessary) to the Technical Branch for further ...


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