Arkansas offers a competitive regulatory environment for businesses that require environmental permitting.  Like all states, however, Arkansas has a responsibility to protect human health and the environment by applying and enforcing federal and state regulations. Arkansas has authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer most air and water permitting programs within the State. We offer the following services:

  • + Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC)
  • + Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • + National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits

SoCo has extensive experience in regulatory permitting.  SOCO offers the following permitting plans:

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans

The Clean Water Act oil pollution regulations, issued in December of 1973, require certain oil storage facilities to prepare Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure plans. SPCC Plans for facilities are prepared and implemented as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulations as contained in Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 112 as amended through December 5, 2008.

The most recent amendments to the SPCC regulation require that containment systems be “liquid tight”. This requirement is compelling owners/operators to undertake significant upgrades to their facilities. The current USEPA compliance deadline is November 10, 2010.  USEPA has extended the deadline for farms deadline into May 10, 2013.

                      SoCo’s SPCC services include:

  • + Preparation of SPCC plans
  • + Preparation of revisions of current SPCC plans
  • + Assistance with site inspections
  • + Training personnel on SPCC requirements and inspections

The SoCo’s registered professional engineer will try to utilize as many of the existing site best practices as possible and to maximize the effectiveness of existing spill controls.  The SoCo will recommend efficient and cost effective methods to achieve compliance.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPP)

The storm water regulations promulgated in 1990 have required industrial and municipal facilities owners to develop permit applications, sample storm water, and develop storm water pollution prevention plans. SoCo has experienced staff to assist clients with these requirements, assuring compliance with both state and federal rules.  SoCo Storm Water Services include:

  • + National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits application preparation
  • + Storm water permit compliance assistance
  • + Preparation of storm water pollution prevention plans and storm water best management practices plans
  • + Assisting with automatic and manual sampling of storm water by providing coolers with required storm water monitoring equipment, sample collection bottles, shipping papers, sampling instructions, shipping instructions and laboratory analyses
  • + Training personnel in all facets of the storm water program, including sampling and pollution prevention
  • + Integrating storm water program with spill/release prevention program

Air Permits

When it comes to air permitting, it seems that there is no end to the list of rules and regulations surrounding permits relating to USEPA guidelines such as New Source Review Authorization, Title V, and more. SoCo works with clients to understand and adhere to these permits, offering the following services:

  • + New Source Review Authorization
  • + Title V Operating Permits

Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act SARA Title III