Division of Environmental Quality

Office of Air Quality

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Who We Are

The Office of Air Quality (OAQ) has the important responsibility of meeting Arkansas’s federal obligations under the Clean Air Act while fostering economic growth.

Through its four branches—permits, compliance, policy and planning, and asbestos and enforcement—OAQ works to protect Arkansas’s air quality, which enhances the lives and health of all Arkansans as well as the experiences of those who visit the Natural State. OAQ does all of this while ensuring stability and fostering economic growth.

David Witherow

Associate Director, Office of Air Quality

"Our office protects air quality in Arkansas to enhance the health of all Arkansans while fostering responsible economic development. We implement several funding programs to assist with community air quality issues such as asbestos disposal, reducing diesel engine emissions, and funding the replacement of certain trucks, transit vehicles, and buses. We also collect and analyze data from the state’s air pollution monitoring network to provide the public with a daily Air Quality Index and air quality predictions."

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

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

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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