State Regulations: Arkansas
The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&E Commission) is the environmental policy-making body for Arkansas. The APC&E Commission determines the environmental policy for the state. Other agencies are entrusted with the actual implementation of the policies. The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission (AOGC) administers the oil and gas regulations. It has the responsibility to prevent waste, encourage conservation, and protect the correlative rights of ownership associated with the production of oil, natural gas, brine, and associated products. The State of Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) administers the protection of the natural resources of the state, including air, water, and land, from the threat of pollution.
Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 205
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-7890 (phone)
(501) 682-7891 (fax)
Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission
2215 West Hillsboro
El Dorado, AR 71731
(870) 862-4965 (phone)
(870 862-8823 (fax)
State of Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
5301 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118-5317
(501) 682-0744 (phone)
Disposal Practices and Applicable Regulations
Wastes falling under the federal exploration and production exclusion from the definition of hazardous waste may be either injected or land farmed by permit. Multiple state agencies control disposal operations. The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission (AOGC) is the lead agency for disposal through injection well. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is the lead agency for other disposal methods.
- Disposal through Injection Wells—Reserve Pit Fluids. The Commission Rules and Regulations (p.49) provide the requirements for pumping reserve pit fluids into wells. Surface casing must be set at least 250' below the last known fresh water sand. All bottom hole plugs must be set as required before pumping operations can begin. Finally, AOGC Form 20 (Request for Disposal of Reserve Pit Fluids) must be submitted.
- Other Disposal Methods—Solid Waste Management. Regulation 22 of the APC&E Commission provides minimum criteria for all solid waste management facilities including location restrictions, facility design and operating criteria, groundwater monitoring requirements, corrective action requirements, financial assurance requirements, and closure and post closure requirements. The ADEQ Solid Waste Management Division is responsible for regulating the handling, processing, recycling, marketing of recycled materials, and disposal of non-hazardous solid waste.