The Ozark Society and the Arkansas Public Policy Panel seek your support for their third-party rulemaking petition to ban new, medium and large confined swine operations in the Buffalo National River watershed by amending Arkansas Pollution Control and EcologyCommission Regulations 5 and 6. The rulemaking documents can be found at http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/regs/drafts/draft_regs.htm
View the proposed changes and public comments received so far at the two links below.
Note that these amendments, if adopted, will not affect existing swine operations in the watershed and will not prevent small family farms from being constructed.
1) Ban on medium and large swine CAFOs in the Buffalo River watershed: The comment period, currently open, closes July 1, 2014. There will be a public hearing in Harrison where comments will be accepted. The deadline for written comments is July 1, 2014. BRWA encourages you to support these changes to Reg 5 and Reg 6 as written.
2) Improved notification requirements for Regulation 6: The comment period, currently open, closes July 28, 2014 and there will be a public hearing at ADEQ on July 14. BRWA encourages you to support these changes with the following inclusions:
- All public notice requirements specified in section 6.207 shall be issued no more than 30 days prior to submission of the Notice of Intent
- The Arkansas Department of Health should be included on the list of entities requiring notice.
Comments on both of the above rule changes may be sent to: Doug Szenher, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Public Outreach and Assistance Division, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: To speed recording by ADEQ of your comments use Docket #’s in your Subject Line.
Proposed Changes to Regulation 6 – APC&E Commission Docket #14-004-R
Proposed Changes to Regulation 5 – APC&E Commission Docket #14-002-R