ADEQ issues permit for PB race track

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality last week issued a one-year permit allowing construction and operation of a motor vehicle mud-racing facility at 9322 Huntley Trail in Pine Bluff.

George Huntley, doing business as Wildman Race Track, plans to develop a mud and water, horseshoe-shaped track at the site. Racing and related activities are to be limited to between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from April through October.

The maximum projected noise level is 70 to 99 decibels.

An ADEQ public hearing on the requested permit was held March 28 at the White Hall branch of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System. The meeting resulted in lively debate between supporters and opponents of the proposed facility.

Opponents said they feared declining property values in the track area because of possible issues involving excessive noise, dust, litter, drinking and fighting. Supporters assured that no such problems would occur.

A representative of a hunting club on leased land adjacent to the racetrack site stated opposition to the facility while a proponent said that objections were being overstated.

The permit was to be effective Oct. 30, unless an Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission review is properly requested under the agency’s procedures within 30 days of the issue date. The 30-day window closes on Nov. 29.

Huntley and others submitting public comments on the record may request an adjudicatory hearing and commission review of the final permitting decisions.

Such requests are to be submitted in an APC&E-regulated manner. A written hearing request is to be directed to the secretary of the APC&E Commission at 101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 205, Little Rock, Ark. 72201.

For more information, telephone the commission at 501-682-7890.