Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is the state’s main environmental protection agency, charged with preventing, controlling and abating pollution that could harm Arkansas’s natural resources.

Consent Administrative Order (CAO)

The CAO describes the terms of agreement between Timex and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality with respect to the Site.


The water located below the surface of the Earth that moves between particles of soil and in fractures or holes in rock formations.  In the area around the former Timex facility, there is “shallow groundwater” that is found between 5 and 17 feet below the surface.  There also is “deep groundwater” that is found more than 30 feet below the surface.

Groundwater Plume

An area of the groundwater that contains concentrations of certain chemicals that are higher than other groundwater in that area.  A groundwater plume typically starts at the location where the chemicals were released and extends in the direction of the groundwater flow until the chemicals dissipate.

Remedial Action Decision Document (RADD)

This document, developed by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, lays out the Department’s decision on the remedy to be implemented at the Site.


Methods used to treat, clean up, or reduce contamination in soil or groundwater.

The “Site”

The former Timex facility located at 2215 Crisp Drive in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Chemicals that typically are used to break down or remove oil or petroleum compounds.  They are found in many types of cleaning solutions and are widely used in manufacturing processes to clean the oil from metal parts.

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

A chemical used primarily as an industrial solvent. TCE is a colorless or blue liquid with a sweet, chloroform-like odor. The most common use of TCE is to remove grease from fabricated metal parts and some textiles. It is also an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, typewriter correction fluids, rug-cleaning fluids, spot removers, and pepper sprays.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA is a federal agency that performs research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection.