Arguments for and against a permit to 'land farm' up to 6.7 million gallons of hog waste in the Buffalo River watershed were presented to Charles Moulton, an administrative judge with the Pollution Control & Ecology Commission.
Briefs were filed earlier this week in a case appealing the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's decision to allow a farm in the Buffalo River watershed to spread millions of gallons of pig manure on its property each year.
Paul Krugman in this morning's New York Times argues that "the choice in 2016 is starker than ever before." Okay, people say that every year, but Krugman argues that the chasm between the parties on climate change — and the potential for the next president to determine whether "the ongoing revolution in renewable energy" continues — means that the stakes for the planet in the 2016 election are "deadly serious."
A coalition of environmental and community groups is expressing frustration with the "finding of no significant impact" by federal agencies regarding C&H Hog Farm, the 6,500-hog facility located near a major tributary of the Buffalo National River.
Even as the state has been fighting EPA carbon regulations in court, it's been quietly laying the groundwork for eventual compliance, just in case. This is nothing but a good thing — but it shows how spurious Arkansas's claims about the damaging effects of the Clean Power Plan really are.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won a victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals today on its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. On a political level, that's probably outweighed by a slapdown offered yesterday by a congressional watchdog agency concerning another regulation, the Waters of the United States rule. Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge is in the middle of both fights.
The University of Arkansas announced today it's recommitting to a pledge on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of the landmark agreement on climate change that was reached by most of the world's nations in Paris over the weekend.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this morning that she's joined the executive committee of a multistate investigation into Volkswagen. The German automaker is facing legal repercussions and plummeting stock value after revelations that it installed software in millions of its diesel vehicles that is designed to evade emissions standards.
The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, who has a reputation for getting out of sorts when challenged at public meetings, is getting some sharp questioning at a session he scheduled this morning at the West Fork City Hall, according to notes I've received.
Sen. Trent Garner, the Tom Cotton employee and clone who joined the Arkansas Senate this year, has proposed an amendment to the campus carry bill that would open campuses to anyone 25 or older with a concealed carry permit if they received an additional 16 hours of training.