WHO: Maricopa County Air Quality Department and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
WHAT: Maricopa County Air Quality Department and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will announce the kickoff of the “Burn Cleaner, Burn Better” campaign. This campaign is designed to protect public health, keep Maricopa County in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality standards and inform residents about cleaner alternatives to wood burning. The press conference will include elected officials, healthcare professionals and local business representatives.
Maricopa County Air Quality Department will also announce its new pilot Fireplace Retrofit Program designed to reduce smoke/PM2.5 pollution. The program will at no charge to the homeowner, retrofit a wood burning fireplace with an air pollution reduction device or with a natural gas log set, if the home meets installation requirements.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
WHERE: Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ Auditorium, 205 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
WHY: Smoke from wood burning fireplaces and outdoor chimineas, as well as ground level consumer fireworks, pose 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.
CAMPAIGN Agencies & Contacts:
MCAQD – The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose mission 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
ADEQ – Under the Environmental Quality Act of 1986, the Arizona State Legislature established the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in 1987 as the state agency for protecting and enhancing public health and the environment of Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.azdeq.gov/. ADEQ provides a daily forecast for air quality and issues High Pollution Advisories or health watches when these conditions exist. Please click for tomorrow’s air quality forecast, call (602) 771-2367 or SUBSCRIBE to receive email and/or text message air quality forecast and health alerts.
CONTACT: Caroline Oppleman – (602) 771-2215 desk / (602) 540-8072 cell
Burn Cleaner, Burn Better Campaign Website: CleanAirMakeMore.com
Learn more and support the Burn Cleaner, Burn Better air quality campaign via social media:
Facebook: @CleanAirMakeMore @AZDEQ
Twitter: @CleanAirMakeMor @Arizonadeq
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