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Hearing slated March 28 on racetrack proposal

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the White Hall Public Library to discuss development of a proposed mud racetrack southwest of Pine Bluff, a department spokesman said.

George “Eddie” Huntley, who said he has raced trucks on dirt tracks for about five years, proposes that the track be located be in a rural, wooded area of Jefferson County at 9322 Huntley Road, indicating that some 20 houses in the area would not be impacted by the racing.

Huntley is scheduled to appear at the hearing to outline his proposal.

Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing. Written comments may also be submitted before the hearing to Mike Porta, Air Division, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, Ark. 72118. Comments must be submitted by the close of the public hearing in order to be considered during the permit review process.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission regulates automobile racetracks because of the potential for air and noise pollution.

State law requires that petitions for racetracks must be signed by 75 percent of the landowners and registered voters within 3 miles of the outside boundary of the facility before it can be developed.

The petition filed by Huntley indicated races would be held on the first Saturday of the month in four classes of competition — stock, super-stock, modified and super-modified.