Buffalo River 
Watershed
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ADEQ Hearings on new Water Quality Standards

  • 18 Apr 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Fayetteville City Admin. Bldg, Room 219
ADEQ Public Meeting Detail
 
Ark. Water Quality Standards public hearing in Fayetteville
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Location City: Fayetteville
Location County: Washington
Location Detail: Fayetteville City Administration Building Room 219; 113 West Mountain Street
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
All Day Event: No
Meeting Type: Hearing
Meeting Type Other:
Media Division: Water
Other Media/Divisions Involved: Public Outreach and Assistance
ADEQ Contact: Doug Szenher doug@adeq.state.ar.us 501-682-0915
Meeting Memo

WATER QUALITY STANDARDS REVISIONS TO BE TOPIC OF HEARINGS

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) will hold four public hearings during April of 2013 to receive comments on proposed changes to Commission Regulation 2 (Arkansas Water Quality Standards) developed through the Triennial Review process. The deadline for submitting written comments on the proposed changes is 4:30 p.m. May 8, 2013.
The schedule for the public hearings on Regulation 2 is as follows:
• April 15, Jonesboro: Allen Park Community Center, 3609 Race Street, 6 p.m.
• April 18, Fayetteville: Room 219, Fayetteville City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain Street, 6 p.m.
• April 22, El Dorado: South Arkansas Community College, East Campus, Workforce Development Building, 3696 E. Main Street, 6 p.m.
• April 24, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Headquarters Building Commission Room, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, 2 p.m.

The proposed changes to Regulation 2 are numerous and comprehensive. A summary of the proposed changes prepared by the ADEQ staff is 23 pages long. Interested parties are encouraged to review the proposal at one of the ADEQ information depositories listed below, or to access the various documents associated with the proposal on the ADEQ website as outlined below.

Many proposed changes involve language revisions to clarify definitions or provisions in the regulation, or to incorporate changes necessary as the result of action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Areas of the regulation affected involve issues such as:
• Critical flow
• Reformatting of the bacteria criteria
• Addition of site specific nutrient criteria for Beaver Lake
• Reformatting of the site specific mineral criteria in Reg. 2.511
• Addition of endangered, threatened, or endemic species to some currently designated ecologically sensitive waterbody stream segments in Appendix A
• Removal of certain stream segments from the Site Specific Standards Variation Supported by Use Attainability Analysis listing in Appendix A due to EPA disapproval
• Updating the maps in Appendix A

The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to conduct a full review of their water quality standards at least once every three years and propose revisions determined to be appropriate.

Copies of the proposed Regulation 2 changes are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the ADEQ’s North Little Rock office at the Public Outreach and Assistance Division on the second floor, and at ADEQ information depositories located in public libraries at Arkadelphia, Batesville, Blytheville, Camden, Clinton, Crossett, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Forrest City, Fort Smith, Harrison, Helena, Hope, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Magnolia, Mena, Monticello, Mountain Home, Pocahontas, Russellville, Searcy, Stuttgart, Texarkana, and West Memphis; in campus libraries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the University of Central Arkansas at Conway; and in the Arkansas State Library, 900 West Capitol, Suite 100, Little Rock. In addition, a copy of the draft regulation showing the proposed changes, along with related support documents, is available for viewing or downloading at the ADEQ website located at: www.adeq.state.ar.us/water/branch_planning?wqs_review.htm. .

Oral and written statements will be accepted at the hearings, but written comments are preferred in the interest of accuracy. In addition, written and electronic mail comments will be accepted if received no later than 4:30 p.m. May 8, 2013. Written comments should be mailed to Doug Szenher, Public Outreach and Assistance Division, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118, or sent by electronic mail to: reg-comment@adeq.state.ar.us.
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