The Maricopa County Air Quality Department has scheduled a public meeting to solicit ideas for proposed air quality projects in Maricopa County that will be funded from payments received through the Queen Creek Landfill settlement agreement. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Zane Grey Room of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, in the Town of Queen Creek.
In June of this year, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department entered into a settlement with the County Department of Solid Waste, Allied Waste Industries, Inc. and the Town of Queen Creek over alleged violations of the Federal Clean Air Act and County rules that included payment of a total of $1.5 million dollars in penalties. MCAQD has set aside $1 million of that penalty to conduct air quality projects in Maricopa County.
The purpose of this public meeting is to solicit ideas from the community that was affected by the alleged violations at the landfill regarding the types of projects that would be preferred and beneficial for air quality in or reducing its impact on the community. Examples of projects that could be considered include, but are not limited to, renewable energy development, retrofit or replacement of lawn and garden equipment, stabilization of distressed vacant properties, retrofits for school buses or municipal diesel vehicles and equipment, and feasibility studies on rehabilitation of public property for parks or similar uses.
The Department will use the public comments in developing proposals to conduct one or more projects. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee that will include representatives of the greater Queen Creek community, who will provide recommendations to the MCAQD Director.
The public meeting is free of charge and no advance registration or RSVP is required. The meeting is an informal proceeding for all interested parties to discuss air quality projects in Maricopa County. Members of the public may provide oral or written comments to the department. Written suggestions for projects and other comments will be accepted until Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. All written comments should be sent to Ira Domsky at email@example.com or by mail to Maricopa County Air Quality Department, 1001 N. Central Ave., Suite 125, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Additional information on the proposed air quality projects may be obtained by contacting Ira Domsky at 602-506-6735 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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