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Air Quality Wins Another Award

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s, “Rule 316 Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Handbook,” won a 2013 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

This is the second consecutive year MCAQD has earned a NACo award.  Last year the department received recognition for its Rapid Response Program.

The Rule 316 handbook is the result of an extensive collaboration between the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD), the Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is available on the Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s website at

“This award is especially gratifying in that it represents a collaborative effort to improve compliance and thus our air quality,” Maricopa County Air Quality Director Bill Wiley said. “I want to thank the Arizona Rock Products Association and the Environmental Protection Agency in working with us on this excellent handbook.”

The 58-page Rule 316 handbook is designed to give companies in the rock products industry an easy-to-use roadmap to achieve compliance with current dust control regulations. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the department’s Rule 316, which establishes standards for industry compliance and dust control.

 “This collaborative effort will provide further compliance assistance to the members of the rock products industry and is a testament to the industry’s commitment to continued air quality improvements,” ARPA Executive Director Steve Trussell said. “The Arizona Rock Products Association is grateful for the work of Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s leadership and staff that were instrumental in advancing this project to the finish line.”

This is the third award Maricopa County Air Quality MCAQD has won in recent weeks. MCAQD’s “Comprometase a Un Dia”/Hispanic outreach Clean Air campaign was honored with a 2013 International Association of Business Communicators’ Phoenix Copper Quill Award of Excellence. The department’s Clean Air Make More app received a 2013 American Marketing Association Spectrum Award in the Interactive/Online: Mobile – Application division.

The NACo annual Achievement Award Program, which began in 1970, is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative, progressive and creative county government programs.


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