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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Arizona Propane Gas Association Partnership with Maricopa County Air Quality Department

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PHOENIX (November 1, 2018) – The Arizona Propane Gas Association in partnership with the Arizona Propane Education & Research Foundation has agreed to support the Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s (MCAQD) effort to help keep our air clean and residents healthy. For the second consecutive year the two groups are joining forces with MCAQD to reduce PM2.5 (smoke) emissions by offering $25 off the purchase of an outdoor propane fire pit. Combined with the $50 offered by the air quality department, vouchers worth $75 off the purchase of an outdoor propane fire pit will be available to the first 1,000 county residents that sign up for the program. All vouchers must be taken to a local participating Home Depot to purchase a fire pit.

In Maricopa County a combination of wood-burning and stagnant weather conditions can create poor air quality during winter. Stagnant air is common Oct. 1 to Feb. 1, when cold temperature inversions trap smoke and other pollution close to ground. Although currently in attainment for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) PM2.5 air quality health standard, Maricopa County air monitors have detected levels approaching a violation of the standard. 

“As Chairman, I’ve asked county leaders to form partnerships and spearhead programs that create a healthier urban environment.  That’s what the Propane Fire Pit Program does,” said Steve Chucri, District 2, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. “By giving people an incentive for cleaner outdoor burning in the fall and winter months, this public-private partnership improves community health and moves Maricopa County forward.”

The Propane Fire Pit Program is part of MCAQD’s Burn Better, Burn Cleaner Campaign. Both the campaign and program was developed to improve public health, combat poor seasonal air quality and provide cleaner-burning options for wood burning activities. By assisting residents in obtaining cleaner-burning devices, the outdoor Propane Fire Pit Program will aid in the reduction of PM2.5 and county residents will benefit.

Program participants will also receive valuable safety information and tips from the Arizona Propane Gas Association for participating in the program. 

"The Arizona Propane Gas Association is excited to again partner with the Maricopa County Air Quality Department,” Mike Wilson, Arizona Propane Gas Association president said. “We feel that this partnership is a highly effective way to help reduce harmful emissions, while promoting clean burning propane and all of the safety benefits it has to offer.”

Maricopa County residents may sign up at: CleanAirMakeMore.com/firepit

For more information contact firepit@maricopa.gov

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About Maricopa County Air Quality Department

The mission of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department is to improve the air of Maricopa County so customers, residents and visitors can live, work and play in a healthy environment. 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 CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn more.

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