Governing Law and Regulations
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Water Division
Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) Licensing Committee
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 is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer general and individual permits and pretreatment programs for the discharge of pollutants to surface waters. Arkansas has adopted by reference the federal National Pollutant Discharge Eliminations System (NPDES) permit rules, with additional standards covering confidential information, violations, permitting requirements for industrial users of publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), effluent limitations, and fees. See the national section NPDES PERMIT for more information on the federal NPDES program.
In addition, a state discharge permit is required to construct or operate any wastewater disposal system even if there is no discharge from the system. If a facility is required to obtain a NPDES permit, both the NPDES permit and a state ...