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Unpaved Road Projects Program: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission/Arkansas Department of Agriculture Announces Funding in Nine Counties
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Natural Resources Commission of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (“NRC”) issued a news release identifying nine projects that will receive a total of $558,756.00 in funding through the Arkansas Unpaved Roads Program (“AURP”). The projects receiving funding in 2024 are identified as…
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Regional Haze/State Implementation Plans: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Sierra Club Enter into Consent Decree Providing Deadlines for Agency Review for 32 States (Including Arkansas)
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Sierra Club entered into a July 12th Consent Decree (“CD”) addressing agency review of 32 states’ Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans (“SIP”) related to Regional Haze. See Case No. 1:23-cv-01744-JDB. The Sierra Club, National Parks…
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OSHA Enforcement: Houston, Texas Metal Powder Coating Company Proposed Penalties for Alleged Violations
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a July 1st news release stating that it had proposed penalties for alleged violations by Outdoor Furniture Refinishing, Inc. (“OFRI”). The news release describes OFRI as a metal powder coating company. The alleged violations relate…
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Barrens Topminnow/Tennessee Fish: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Critical Habitat
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) has issued a proposed rule that would designate critical habitat for the Barrens topminnow (“Bt”) under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). The proposed rule would designate as critical habitat: 1.5 acres of spring pool. 11.4 miles of spring…
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Manatee County Phosphate Facility/Clean Water Act: Environmental Organizations and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Enter into Settlement Addressing Transparency
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
Five environmental organizations entered into a Joint Notice of Settlement (“Settlement”) with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“FDEP”) in the United States District Court for the District of Florida. See Case No. 8:21-cv-1521-WFJ-CPT. The other party to the Settlement is HRK…
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