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Emily Walkenhorst

General Assignment Reporter

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Change sought in rules for 6 Arkansas creeks

posted: 07/23/2016 5:44 a.m. Comment 1

State officials gave Halliburton Energy Services the OK on Friday to start a petition to temporarily change the water standards for six creeks in Hot Spring County, where a 77-year-old mine has polluted the streams for decades.

Little Rock firm chosen to drill under pig farm's ponds

posted: 07/23/2016 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality this week selected a contractor for a drilling project on a hog farm in Newton County, Chief Deputy Director Julie Chapman said Friday.

$22M in loans to fund work for Little Rock utility

posted: 07/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas Water will get up to $22 million in loans for improvements at its two wastewater-treatment plants after approval Wednesday morning by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission's board.

In flap over 2,600 acres, panel rules for Sherwood

posted: 07/21/2016 3:37 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission on Wednesday upheld a decision against Jacksonville in a property dispute between the shrinking city and its growing neighbor to the west.

Energy firms gone, but their impact lingers

updated: 07/17/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

As large equipment sits idle in cow pastures of the Fayetteville Shale in north-central Arkansas, some locals worry that years of natural-gas drilling there will have lasting consequences for the land and environment.

Arkansas reforestation project gets $14.7M from USDA

posted: 07/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas will get $14.7 million this coming federal fiscal year to fund the reforestation of part of the farming-heavy Delta where the land is too prone to flooding to plant crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.

New study to require drilling at hog farm

posted: 06/25/2016 2:59 a.m. Comment 1

State-hired scientists continued to state Friday that research shows no evidence that C&H Hog Farms is polluting its surrounding environment in the Buffalo River watershed, and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced it would commission a study of the facility as requested by opponents of the hog farm.

Hot weather but one factor in ozone level

posted: 06/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas and Memphis officials will continue to monitor air quality on high-temperature days this summer, they said, but it’s difficult to predict whether air quality will be an issue if hot weather persists.

Alert on air pollution extends into Arkansas

posted: 06/11/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

The air quality in the Memphis metropolitan area, including where it extends into Arkansas, was declared "unhealthy for the general public" Friday, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Memphis said.

Recycling penalties on hold by hauler

posted: 06/10/2016 5:36 a.m. Comments 3

Local recycling officials will wait before deciding how people who repeatedly recycle improperly should be more uniformly penalized.




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