Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Changes to Regulation

Staff Writer

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) will hold a public hearing at North Little Rock June 29, 2015, to receive comments on proposed revisions to APC&EC Regulation 23 (Hazardous Waste Code). The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in the Commission Room at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) headquarters building, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118. The deadline for submitting written comments on the regulation is 4:30 p.m. (Central Time) July 14, 2015.
Proposed revisions to Regulation 23 include:
• Addition of conditional exclusions from regulation for solvent wipes which are cleaned for reuse, and for carbon dioxide streams used in geologic sequestration operations.
• Establishment of an electronic waste manifest system to track shipments of hazardous wastes.
• Revision of provisions affecting cathode ray tube exports.
• Termination of the National Environmental Performance Track Program, which has been discontinued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
• Correction of typographical errors, erroneous citations, and formatting inconsistencies in the current regulation.
A complete listing of the proposed changes to Regulation 23 can be found on the Draft Regulations page of the ADEQ’s website at www.state.ar.us.
Copies of the proposed changes to Regulation 23 are available for public inspection during regular business hours at the ADEQ’s Public Outreach and Assistance (POA) Division on the second floor of the ADEQ headquarters building, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118, or 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; or in the Arkansas State Library, 900 West Capitol, Suite 100, Little Rock.
Oral and written comments 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 considered if received no later than 4:30 p.m. (Central Time) July 14, 2015. Written comments should be delivered or mailed to: Doug Szenher, public information coordinator, POA Division, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118. Electronic mail comments should be sent to: reg-comment@adeq.state.ar.us.