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Hearing to address hazardous waste regulations

Hearing to address hazardous waste regulations

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) will hold a public hearing at North Little Rock January 9, 2012, to receive public comments on proposed revisions to Commission Regulation 30 (Remedial Action Trust Fund/Hazardous Substances Site Priority List). The hearing will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission Room at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) headquarters building, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock.

SWEPCO settles Turk plant suit

SWEPCO settles Turk plant suit

Deal retires Texas plant, funds land conservation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), Audubon and Sierra Club today announced a legal settlement bringing to an end a four-year public battle over the construction of the Turk coal-fired power plant in Southwest Arkansas.

The settlement, focused on offsetting the new Turk plant's total emissions, requires SWEPCO to install 400 megawatts of clean energy, and further accelerates the region’s transition away from coal. Sierra Club and Audubon will continue to work with AEP in seeking other emissions reductions within the AEP system companies.

“While we’d prefer that the Turk plant not be built, today’s settlement brings some very good news for Arkansas, which would not have been possible without years of citizen opposition to dirty coal plants,” said Glen Hooks, with Sierra Club.

Ouachita National Forest receives 2 Honor Awards

Ouachita National Forest receives 2 Honor Awards

HOT SPRINGS, Ark – In November 2011, the Ouachita National Forest and partners received two significant Regional awards for volunteer work and natural resource restoration. The Southern Region Honor Awards recognize the tremendous work of employees and partners and their commitment to public service and are selected from nominations from 13 States – from Virginia to Florida and Oklahoma – as well as Puerto Rico.

The Ouachita All-Terrain Vehicle Club (OAC) was honored for its dedicated volunteer trail maintenance work. The group began in 2007 with a common vision to see the Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex near Mena, Arkansas, succeed as an example of a sustainable off-highway vehicle trail system. Since then, they have donated thousands of hours of labor, secured grant funds, and acquired erosion control materials for use on the trails.

Southern Bancorp announces $100K grant for Iron Mountain Trail construction

Southern Bancorp announces $100K grant for Iron Mountain Trail construction

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—Southern Bancorp Capital Partners (SBCP) received a grant of $100,000 to assist in the establishment of the 30-mile trail system near the Iron Mountain Spillway area in Clark County. The grant was provided by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department as part of its Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

 

With Phase I of the trail system recently completed, Phase II of the project is well-underway. The development under Phase II consists of a trail that will wind around through wooded areas for approximately eight miles, and will connect Skyline Drive to Channel Road through the Lower Lake Bridge.  The natural surface trail linking to the spillway area is presently under construction and was funded through a 2008 RTP grant award.

 

Sections of the trail will be easy terrain for beginners and hikers, while other sections will have more challenging terrain for advanced cyclists.

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

If you didn’t draw a deer permit for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management area hunt this year, there’s still a good chance to get the one you’re after. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 11, at the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and regional offices across the state.

“Typically, we have about 3,000 leftovers available,” said Ashley Bean, AGFC permit program coordinator. “This year, we had almost the same number of applicants, but they were focused only on a few hunts, leaving many unclaimed permits throughout the state.”

Some permits are even available for some of Arkansas’s most coveted wildlife management areas. There’s even permit available for the modern gun hunt at Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA, which normally takes about four years to draw. These high-demand permits are left because people who had enough preference points drew the permit, but did not pay.

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Save money, prevent pollution

Save money, prevent pollution

Did you know the energy used in the average home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a car?

There are several ways you can reduce your carbon foot print and September is the perfect time to start making changes.  That is because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is promoting pollution prevention.

The Federal Pollution Prevention Act, passed in 1990, made a declaration that pollution should be prevented or reduced at its source whenever possible.  To honor this anniversary, ADEQ urges the public to prevent pollution in their day to day lives.