Air Quality

Posted on: March 6, 2017

Weed Removal

Dirt and weeds

PHOENIX (March 6, 2017) – It is that time again when weeds become a major nuisance in Maricopa County.


Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) encourages commercial property owners and residents to be aware of the potential health impacts caused by dust from weed removal.


A permit from MCAQD is required when removing weeds by mechanized equipment (disking, blading or scraping) if this activity disturbs more than 1/10 of an acre. If the weeds are removed with a mower, weed eater or hand tool, a permit is not required.


Regardless of how weeds are removed, if the surface is disturbed during removal, it must be re-stabilized to prevent airborne dust that could become an air quality concern. Maintain a soil crust by applying water or other form or soil stabilizer. Rock or asphalt millings are another option.


For more information on weed removal rules and permit requirements, contact the MCAQD Business Assistance Office at 602-506-5102 or visit the Department’s website www.maricopa.gov/aq.


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About Maricopa County Air Quality Department

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department 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. Visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn more.

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