The mission of the Air Quality Division is to protect and enhance public health and the environment by controlling present and future sources of air pollution. Director: Eric Massey; Deputy Director: Trevor Baggiore.
Our core responsibilities include:
Collecting quality assured and precision ambient air monitoring and management of those data;
Preparing pollution forecasts to help people limit their exposure to air pollution and air pollution sources to manage their emissions;
Conducting and collaborating on research and analyses to evaluate pollution sources and their impacts on public health and welfare;
Investigating complaints and violations of, and achieving compliance with Arizona's air pollution laws;
Issuing permits to industries and other facilities, and for open burning activities that protect public health and welfare;
Operating and maintaining accurate, convenient, and affordable vehicle emissions inspections programs;
Developing air quality plans and rules through partnerships, collaboration and public involvement.
The Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act is federal legislation that establishes the minimum requirements for states and local governments to reduce air pollution.
Three Arizona counties have their own air pollution control programs and operate pursuant to agreements with ADEQ. In addition to ADEQ, two metropolitan planning organizations in Arizona share in the responsibility of completing state implementation plan requirements for ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate pollution (A.R.S. § 49-406).
Most tribal environmental programs are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. EPA. Several tribes have their own air pollution control program. Additional information about many of Arizona's tribes is available through the Intertribal Council of Arizona.