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Commissioner still on C&H case; recusal over earlier remarks unnecessary, panel decides

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission member can continue to participate in hearings about C&H Hog Farms' appeal of its permit denial after writing public comments in support of the farm a year before his appointment to the commission, the commission has decided. Continue reading...

Panel OKs decision on hog farm permit

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission approved Friday its administrative law judge's recommendations to deny motions made by C&H Hog Farms arguing that its original permit was indefinitely active. Continue reading...

State board adopts new rules for used tires

Subscriber onlyNew rules designed to increase state money for used tires and decrease used-tire dumps were approved and adopted Friday by a state environmental board. Continue reading...

Buffalo National River visitors warned against algae; river still safe, ecologist says

Subscriber onlyVisitors to the Buffalo National River should watch out for algae on the river that has the potential to produce cyanotoxins, the National Park Service said in a news release Friday. Continue reading...

Part of Buffalo River, Big Creek on Arkansas' impaired list

Subscriber onlyThe country's first national river is impaired, according to Arkansas environmental regulators. Continue reading...

Group seeks to buy last 1,600 feet for hiking trail along Buffalo River path in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyA conservation group wants to buy the final tract of land needed to finish a hiking trail that would stretch about 100 miles along the Buffalo National River. Continue reading...

Environment notebook

Subscriber onlyEPA to help state remove asbestos Continue reading...

Body of missing Arkansan found; authorities believe 71-year-old woman was abducted during shopping trip

Subscriber onlyA body found in Jefferson County on Wednesday is that of a 71-year-old woman who was reported missing last week in Conway, police said Friday. Continue reading...

Offer hog-farm permit for input, agency advised

State regulators next will vote on judge’s recommendation

Subscriber onlyA judge recommended to environmental regulators Tuesday that a permit application for a hog farm within the Buffalo River watershed should go back out for public notice and comment after it was denied earlier this year. Continue reading...

New comment period advised for hog farm

Subscriber onlyA judge recommended to environmental regulators Tuesday a permit application for a hog farm within the Buffalo River watershed should go back out for public notice and comment after it was denied earlier this year. Continue reading...

State lawmakers study scrap-tire proposal

Measure would implement ’17 law

Subscriber onlyLawmakers reviewed with some apprehension but no objection Monday changes to state environmental regulations concerning the management of used tires. Continue reading...

Plan advancing for change to Arkansas' scrap-tire system

Proposal aims to increase oversight and reduce dumps

Subscriber onlyLawmakers will hear a proposal today to implement a new scrap tire system designed to increase oversight of tire programs that receive grants and to reduce tire dumps across the state. Continue reading...

State regulators: Public notice on hog farm permit unneeded

Subscriber onlyState environmental regulators did not need to issue a proposed decision to deny a new operating permit to a hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed, the regulators argued in a case filing posted Wednesday on the hog farm's appeal of the permit denial. Continue reading...

Environmental notebook

Subscriber onlyPanel calls to end permit from agency Continue reading...

Report: Arkansas farming a drain on water; again, irrigation cited in draw-off

Subscriber onlyArkansas continues to be one of the biggest users of water in the country, according to data released last week by the U.S. Geological Survey. Continue reading...