EPA Proposes to Approve Maricopa County Air Quality Plan

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to approve Maricopa County’s air quality plan that shows that Phoenix and the Valley have met the federal health standard for dust known as PM-10.

This achievement is the culmination of decades of collective hard work from local cities, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Maricopa County, and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).

“Phoenix has worked hard to achieve this goal,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “By using smart and efficient dust control policies, we make our city healthier and ensure receiving our share of federal transportation funding.”

Phoenix, along with MAG and local cities, implemented many of the most stringent dust controls in the nation. The city’s aggressive dust control program includes asphalt treatments for roads, shoulders, alleys and city-owned parking lots. City codes include dust standards for parking lots and vehicles parked on vacant lots and trespass prevention and dust controls for undeveloped parks and other vacant land to reduce dust emissions. In addition, dust control outreach programs have increased public awareness.

“It’s great to have the acknowledgement from the EPA that we face unique challenges when it comes to dust control, and that our multi-jurisdiction efforts are paying off,” said Vice Mayor Bill Gates, chairman of the City Council Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Subcommittee.