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Air Quality

Maricopa County Air Quality Department and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will announce the kickoff of the “Burn Cleaner, Burn Better” campaign. This campaign is designed to protect public health, keep Maricopa County in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality standards and inform residents about cleaner alternatives to wood burning. The press conference will include elected officials, healthcare professionals and local business representatives. 

Maricopa County Air Quality Department will also announce its new pilot Fireplace Retrofit Program designed to reduce smoke/PM2.5  pollution. The program will at no charge to the homeowner, retrofit a wood burning fireplace with an air pollution reduction device or with a natural gas log set, if the home meets installation requirements.


Smoke from wood burning fireplaces and outdoor chimineas, as well as ground level consumer fireworks, pose a serious health risk to the elderly, children with asthma and people with respiratory issues. Maricopa County also risks falling out of compliance with federal health standards, which could mean more burdensome and costly federal regulations.


Date: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
Time: 2 p.m. 
Location: Maricopa County Board of Supervisors' Auditorium
Address: 205 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Contact Information

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Contact: Caroline Oppleman – 602-771-2215 desk/602-540-8072 cell

MCAQD - The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act. The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website.

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Contact: Bob Huhn – 602-506-6713 desk/602-526-7307 cell

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