March 14, 2012 [Maricopa County] - The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) will jointly conduct a public hearing on the Draft MAG 2012 Five Percent Plan for PM-10 for the Maricopa County Nonattainment Area on April 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comments on the Plan. As the region of Maricopa County is designated to be in serious non-attainment for PM-10, or coarse particulate matter ten microns or less in size, regulatory agencies and stakeholders were tasked in putting together a plan to reduce PM-10 pollution by five percent each year until the region is able to meet attainment of the federal health standard.
The public hearing will provide an opportunity for the community to provide input on the plan. Find more information on the Five Percent Plan on MAG’s website http://www.azmag.gov/Projects/Project.asp?CMSID=1120.
Public meeting: Public Hearing on the Draft MAG 2012 Five Percent Plan For PM-10 for the Maricopa County Nonattainment Area
Date/time: April 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: MAG Offices, Saguaro Room
302 North 1st Avenue, Second Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
According to Section 189 (d) of the federal Clean Air Act, the Five Percent Plan for PM-10 is required to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The plan contains a wide variety of existing control measures and projects that have been implemented to reduce PM-10 and a new measure to reduce PM-10 during high risk conditions, including high winds. The measures apply to unpaved roads and shoulders, leaf blowers, unpaved parking lots, vacant lots, sweeping streets with certified sweepers, off-road vehicle use, open and recreational burning, residential woodburning, covered vehicle loads, dust generating operations, nonmetallic mineral processing, and other unpermitted sources. The plan demonstrates that the measures will reduce PM-10 emissions by at least five percent per year and demonstrates attainment of the PM-10 standard as expeditiously as practicable, which is 2012.
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