Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste management law and rules: Arkansas Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1979, Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 8-7-201 to 8-7-227, and regulations at Arkansas Regulation (AR Reg.) 23
Nonhazardous (solid) waste law and rules: Arkansas Solid Waste Management Act, AR Code Ann. 8-6-201 to 8-6-222, Solid Waste Management and Recycling Fund Act, AR Code Ann. 8-6-601 to 8-6-614, and regulations at AR Reg. 11, AR Reg. 14, AR Reg. 22, and AR Reg. 27
Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund Act, AR Code Ann. 8-7-901 to 8-7-909, and regulations at AR Reg. 12
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Hazardous Waste Division
ADEQ Solid Waste Management Division
ADEQ Regulated Storage Tanks (RST) Division
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. Arkansas's waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as more stringent state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management, and USTs. Arkansas has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. EPA. RCRA authorization allows ADEQ to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and UST management programs.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, ADEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules, or adopt more ...