About ADEQ

What is ADEQ and What Do We Do for Arizona?

The Arizona Legislature established the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) as the state’s environmental regulatory agency under the Environmental Quality Act of 1986 to serve as a separate, cabinet-level agency to administer all of Arizona's environmental protection programs.. ADEQ’s mission is to protect and enhance public health and the environment in Arizona. The department achieves this mission by administering the state’s environmental laws and delegated federal programs to prevent pollution of the air, water, and land, and to ensure clean up of such pollution when it occurs.

ADEQ's goal is to lead Arizona and the nation in protecting and enhancing the environment and improving the quality of life for the people of our state. The agency helps Arizonans respect the balance between the natural world and the people who depend on it for sustenance, prosperity and a fulfilling quality of life.

The department is composed of four programs: air quality, water quality, waste, and administration. The programs carry out the core functions of the agency: pollution control, monitoring and assessment, compliance management, cleanups, eduction, outreach and financial assistance, and policy development.

The Director's Office staff supports the ADEQ Director and the department's environmental program divisions by ensuring coordination, efficiency and consistency in the areas of communications, community outreach, legislative affairs, legal counsel, and rule/policy development. It also includes several program and project managers who share resources and coordinate their efforts among the department's environmental program divisions.

ADEQ ensures that businesses and facilities operate according to state and federal environmental laws and regulations and the department offers a variety of assistance to bring about compliance. The agency also conducts inspections on a routine basis and in response to citizen complaints.

ADEQ engages Arizonans to keep them informed and encourages participation in environmental planning and decision-making. We strive to educate, inspire and assist citizens by promoting environmental awareness through public involvement activities and providing useful tools and resources. View a list of our programs on our Education and Outreach page.

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Air Quality Division

The mission of the Air Quality Division is to control present and future sources of air pollution.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Collecting and analyzing quality assured and precision ambient air monitoring data;
  • Preparing pollution forecasts to help people limit their exposure to air pollution and air pollution sources;
  • 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.

ADEQ Air Quality Division
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Waste Programs Division

The mission of the Waste Programs Division is to reduce the risk associated with waste management, contaminated sites and regulated substances.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Assuring the proper handling, storage, treatment and disposal of wastes, and the correct operation and maintenance of underground storage tanks;
  • Investigating complaints and violations of Arizona's solid waste, hazardous waste and underground storage tank laws as well as administering payments from the State Assurance Fund for reimbursement of eligible costs associated with the removal and remediation of leaking underground storage tanks.
  • Investigating, managing and remediating soil and groundwater that are contaminated with regulated and hazardous substances;
  • Promoting pollution prevention and recycling;
  • Reviewing and approving construction plans for landfills and special waste facilities.


ADEQ Waste Programs Division

Water Quality Division

The mission of the Water Quality Division is to ensure safe drinking water and reduce the impact of pollutants discharged to surface and groundwater.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that Arizona's public water systems deliver safe drinking water;
  • Identifying water pollution problems and establishing standards to address them;
  • Investigating complaints and violations of Arizona's water quality laws, rules and permits;
  • Issuing permits to protect Arizona waters from point sources of pollution;
  • Managing the quality of water resources through partnerships within the natural boundaries of the state's watersheds;
  • Monitoring and assessing the quality of surface and groundwater throughout the state;
  • Regulating the discharge and treatment of wastewater.

ADEQ Water Quality Division

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