Air Regulatory Efficiency and Streamlining Effort (EASE)

The Office of Air Quality (OAQ) is engaging in a series of consensus-driven stakeholder discussions, with the ultimate goal of preparing a regulatory package for initiation with the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC or “Commission”) that harmonizes and streamlines Arkansas air quality regulations and presents a state implementation plan package for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval to demonstrate that the streamlined regulations would satisfy federal Clean Air Act requirements.

Primary goals for the effort are:

  • to remove or update outdated provisions including references to programs that no longer exist, provisions that are no longer applicable, facility names that have changed, and vacated and/or stayed provisions,
  • to resolve inconsistencies between Regulations 18, 19, 26, and 31 and State statutes, other APC&EC rules, and federal rules, and
  • to increase efficiency in future permitting and regulatory revision actions.

EASE Collaborative

In 2018, the OAQ sought comment on a strawman draft of a consolidated rule. In response to stakeholder feedback, the OAQ established the Regulatory Efficiency and Streamlining Effort (EASE) Collaborative, which is open to members of the public, to explore options to further clarify and otherwise streamline existing air quality rules.

Phase I Initiative