Our Mission
  • To serve as the voice for industry on environmental affairs.
  • To inform the general public of what is being done to maintain and improve the quality of our environment.
  • To exchange information and promote cooperation among industries, conservation associations, municipalities and state and federal agencies.
  • To educate industry about proposed and final legislation and regulations concerning environmental matters.


Convention Registration Now Open!

Convention is virtual this year, with a virtual trade show right here on our website, prize drawings, a mixology lesson, and student program, not to mention the up-to-the-moment educational opportunities! Oh, and the first 200 registrants get a SWAG BOX from our vendors!! Sign up today!! Click in the left column of this website.

Pat Keogh Memorial Scholarship

Patrick Keogh, as a professional civil engineer, spent his career operating and designing wastewater treatment systems and environmental improvement projects. He spent 23 years with Alcoa, where Pat was a site manager. At the Bauxite operations site, Pat took great pride in solving some of the most complex and large-scale environmental improvement projects around. This included developing new treatment technologies for selenium and reclaiming hundreds of former mine land acres back to productive silviculture. Pat also took great pride in mentoring young professionals.

The Arkansas Environmental Federation Pat Keogh Memorial Scholarship assists students who intend to pursue careers addressing concerns of industry with regard to sound science and stewardship of Arkansas’s environment.

Donations to the Pat Keogh Scholarship Fund may be sent to:

Arkansas Environmental Federation

415 N. McKinley, Suite 835

Little Rock, AR 72205

Donations should be made to: AEF Keogh Scholarship Fund.

COVID-19 Updates

AEF's request letter for regulatory relief 

AE&E's response to AEF's request for regulatory relief:

          Response Letter

          Response Letter Attachment

          Enforcement Guidance

          DEQ Provisional COVID-19 Enforcement Guidance

AEF Regulatory Relief Request in response to COVID-19

AE&E/DEQ releases COVID-19 Regulatory Guidance

The broad enforcement guidlines ask for entities to submit a request for regulatory flexibility on an individual basis to COVID19EE@adeq.state.ar.us. AEF reccomends copying the division director and other pertinent DEQ personnel to your request. 

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Addresses Regulatory Relief Requests

The Memorandum notes that the agency’s “compliance-assistance approach” remains in effect and that it will continue to work with all entities “that demonstrate a sincere commitment to compliance.” Further acknowledged is that some entities may need to prioritize compliance activities. Emphasized as a first priority is protecting human health and the environment. Documentation of such efforts is required “to the greatest extent possible.” However, MDNR recognizes that reduced workforces may mean timely reporting could be a challenge. As a result, it is willing to accept alternate reporting schedules where appropriate.

EPA issued regulatory relief letter. 

Arkansas State Chamber COVID-19 Resource Page including new Return to Work Safely information.

Resources from the state: ArkansasReady.com



NOTICE: All in-person meetings at DEQ are postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic. 

2020 PC&E Commission Meeting Dates   Note: all meetings are currently remote. Visit the website for more information and how to attend electronically. We are actively monitoring the current proposed rules. Contact Ava for more information. 

PC&E August 27 Meeting, 10:00 a.m., via a Zoom Video Conference.

Because this meeting is being conducted via video conference persons wishing to make a public comment must email their comments prior to the meeting to comment@adeq.state.ar.us. Public comments received before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, will be provided to the Commission prior to the meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

The Commission meeting will be broadcasted for viewing by the public on Arkansas PBS at: https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

A copy of the agenda may be downloaded here: https://environmentark.org/sites/default/files/Agenda.pdf

*AEF members have internal deadlines to compile comments to send to DEQ on deadlines. Please, refer to our website environmentark.org or e-mail Ava at aroberts@environmentark.org for more information

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