Division of Environmental Quality
Established in 2019 as part of the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 (Act 910), the new umbrella agency called the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment (E&E) absorbed the former Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which is now named the Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and retains its function as Arkansas's regulatory body in the area of environmental protection. The regulations adopted by the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) are the basis for DEQ's permitting, monitoring and enforcement programs, public involvement activities and other services.
DEQ protects, enhances, and restores the natural environment for the well-being of all Arkansans. We envision Arkansas with clean air, water and land, where all Arkansans strive to conserve and protect these assets for the benefit and enjoyment of this and future generations. DEQ is a respected steward of the environment, where pro-active, results-oriented staff, operating in a professional atmosphere, inspire Arkansans to conserve and protect our natural resources.