Mr. Dan Pearson of the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment (“ADEE”) undertook a presentation on May 15th as part of the Arkansas Environmental Federation Land & Sustainability Webinar Series addressing:
Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment UAV/Drone Program (“Presentation”)
Mr. Pearson serves as ADEE’s UAV Program Manager.
A number of state environmental agencies and environmental service organizations utilize unmanned aerial systems (“UAV” [i.e., “drones”]) for various purposes. For example, a February 2021 Environmental Council of the States (“ECOS”) report notes that state environmental agencies have used drones to undertake activities such as:
- Permit support documentation
- Waste and landfill inspections
- Illegal dumping of chemicals, oils, or waste tires
- General emergency response functions including facility discharges, train derailments, truck accidents, and oil spills