Press Conference Thursday to Announce Start of “No Burn” Campaign in Maricopa County.
WHO: Maricopa County Air Quality Department, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
WHAT: Press conference with state, county, nonprofit and business community officials to announce the kickoff of the “Don’t Burn Wood on No Burn Days” campaign. This campaign is designed to protect public health and keep Maricopa County in compliance with EPA air quality standards.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12
WHERE: Second Floor Hearing Room at Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix, AZ 85007.
WHY: Smoke from wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor chimineas poses a serious health risk to the elderly, children with asthma and people with respiratory issues. Maricopa County also risks falling out of compliance with federal health standards, which could mean more burdensome and costly federal regulations.
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. Please visit www.cleanairmakemore.com to learn more.
CONTACT: Bob Huhn – (602) 506-6713 desk / (602) 526-7307 cell
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) provides a daily forecast for air quality. When conditions exist, ADEQ will issue high pollution advisories or health watches. Please visit www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/ozone/ensemble.pdf or call (602) 771-2367. To receive the air quality forecast via email and/or text message please visit www.azdeq.gov/subscribe.html
CONTACT: Mark Shaffer – (602) 771-2215 desk / (480) 433-9551 cell