ADEQ moving forward with new air testing law despite concerns

© Rob Moritz, Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- The director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says a new state law will put the state's air quality regulations at odds with federal law and the consequences could be painful to state economic development.

Business and industry representatives disagree, arguing there is already an over-reliance on the use of the air modeling test and the process has hamstrung industries in recent years when they attempt to expand, increase production or change equipment.

"Even (the federal Environmental Protection Agency) has recognized that an over-reliance upon modeling is not the right approach," said Randy Thurman, executive director of the Arkansas Environmental Federation, an association of about 300 manufacturers, utilities, local governments, solid waste districts, universities and service providers.

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