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<June 2013>
End of 30-Day Public Comment Period
Air Quality Department, Bob Huhn, PIO
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is proposing to revise the rules listed below. The public comment period for these rules began on May 17, 2013 and will close on June 17, 2013. For additional information about these proposed regulatory changes, please refer to the link below.

AQ-2012-001-Rule 100 Revision: Rule 100 (General Provisions And Definitions) includes provisions regarding the Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s (department’s) authority to control air pollutants as well as definitions of terms used in air quality rules. The proposed revision will resolve a disapproval of a state implementation plan submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for the 1997 and 2006 revised ozone and PM2.5 standards under the Clean Air Act 110(a)(2) “infrastructure” requirements. The EPA requested the Maricopa County Air Quality Department to add language to Rule 100, Section 108 (Hearing Board). The provision states that at least three members of the five member Hearing Board shall not have a substantial interest in persons required to obtain an air pollution permit or persons [new language] “subject to enforcement orders issued under these rules.”

AQ-2013-006-Definition Of “Non-Precursor Organic Compound”:Twenty-two (22) rules in the Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations include either a definition of “VOC” or a definition of “non-precursor organic compound” or include both definitions. In the Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations, Rule 100 (General Provisions and Definitions), the department is proposing to delete the list of non-precursor organic compounds. The department is proposing to relocate the list of EPA-recognized non-precursor organic compounds into Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations, Appendix G (Incorporated Materials). Appendix G is routinely revised during the incorporation by reference rulemaking, providing a means to expeditiously update any revisions to the EPA definition of “VOC”. For the remaining twenty (21) rules, the department is proposing to delete the definitions of “non-precursor organic compound” and “volatile organic compound (VOC)”. This will provide a consistent definition of “VOC” and “non-precursor organic compound” throughout the Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations, thus eliminating the current confusion between the definitions found in Rule 100 and the definitions found in each of these rules.

Date: 6/17/2013
Time: 12:00 AM    Duration: 30-days
Registration Required: No    
Fee: None
Contact: Cheri Dale
Location: Maricopa County Air Quality Department
1001 N. Central Avenue, Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ