Pollution Control & Ecology Commission

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Who We Are

The Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (PC&EC) Commission is the environmental policymaking body for Arkansas. The PC&EC Commission sets environmental policy—drawing on guidance from the Governor, the Arkansas General Assembly, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—that is then implemented and enforced by the Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The Commission has 15 members—seven representing specific state agencies and eight who represent Arkansas’s four congressional districts and are appointed by the Governor.

AR Will Benefit from Increased Demand for Lithium

AR Will Benefit from Increased Demand for Lithium

The fascination with Arkansas’s diamond mines soon may be matched with interest in its bromine brines. A state-of-the-art facility is already extracting lithium—a critical mineral for the production of batteries and electronics—from bromine brines produced from the Jurassic Smackover Formation.
DEQ Leadership
PC&EC Members

Questions or Comments?

Bailey Taylor

Associate Environment Administrator, Division of Environmental Quality

Alan York

Associate Director, Office of Water Quality

Lucy Cross

Enterprise Services Director, Enterprise Services

Jarrod Zweifel

Associate Director, Office of Land Resources

David Witherow

Associate Director, Office of Air Quality

Lawrence Bengal

State Agency Director

Judith Branscum

Searcy County

Chris Colclasure

State Agency Director

William Ackert III

District 2

Joe Fox

State Agency Director

Richard McMullen, PhD.

State Agency Designee

Doug Melton

District 3

Swan Moss, JR.

District 1

Chris Racey

State Agency Director

Robert Reynolds

District 4

Richard Roper

District 4

David B. Vandergriff

Pulaski County

Wes Ward

Cabinet Secretary

Scott Ausbrooks

State Agency Director

Report an Emergency

If you are reporting a spill, leak, geohazard event, release of petroleum products, hazardous materials, or gases that requires an immediate emergency response, please call the:

Arkansas Division of Emergency Management

Then contact the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment:

E&E Emergency Management

If after hours, please leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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