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.


Webinar Registration Now Open!


Thursdays, May 21 through July 9, 10:30 until 2:00.

General sessions at 10:30 are FREE with registration! 

Air, 11:00 starting May 28

Water, 12:10 with a double water May 21 at 11:00 and 12:10

Land and Sustainability, 1:15 starting May 21

Go To Meeting link will be sent upon registration. Continuing Education forms available here ! Note the 10 day deadline!

Register by clicking in the left column on this page or e-mail Brenda at bscarbrough@environmentark.org


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. 


Diamond Award Application Period Now Open!

Apply here. Deadline is July 24.

Diamond Award Brochure


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

4/6     EASE comments due to DEQ Air Division POSTPONED to 4/21

4/8          Fiscal session convenes

4/22          Legislative Reception co-hosted by AEF & Government Solutions, Next Level Events, 5:00 p.m. POSTPONED INDEFINITELY--WATCH FOR OUR PRE-SESSION PARTY, 2021

Spring      Stakeholder meeting to discuss proposed legislative changes to solid waste licensing. Held in Northeast Arkansas. Exact date and time TBD.

2020 PC&E Commission Meeting Dates   Note: The Friday, April 24 meeting is cancelled. The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

*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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