Policy & Planning Branch

Policy & Planning Branch is responsible for reviewing federal regulations, revising state air regulations, maintaining the air emissions inventory, analyzing air quality monitoring data, using computer modeling to predict air quality, and developing voluntary programs to help maintain clean air in Arkansas. The branch also provides technical expertise to the other branches of the Office of Air Quality and helps to educate the public about air quality issues.

The Policy & Planning Branch's current projects include the following:

  • The Air Integrated Regulation (AIR) Streamlining Project
  • A Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Revision
  • Development of programs to implement the Arkansas Beneficiary Mitigation Plan under the Volkswagen Settlement
  • Air Quality forecasting for the Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas metropolitan areas
  • A revision to address the 2015 Ozone “Good Neighbor” State Implementation Plan obligation