As the state's environmental regulatory agency, one of our most important responsibilities is to ensure that businesses and facilities operate according to state and federal environmental laws and regulations. ADEQ offers a variety of assistance to bring about compliance. The agency also conducts inspections on a routine basis and in response to citizen complaints. In some cases, circumstances may require ADEQ to use its enforcement authorities, which may result in administrative or criminal actions.
The ADEQ divisions for Air Quality, Water Quality, and Waste Programs each have a section responsible for inspecting regulated businesses and facilities, such as:
The compliance sections also are responsible for receiving and analyzing most of the data reported by permitted businesses and facilities.
WHO TO CONTACT? ADEQ has authorized political subdivisions, such as county or city agencies, to exercise certain environmental regulatory functions, powers or duties by a provision of law, including inspections and enforcement. These delegated local authorities may have standards of compliance that are stricter than those of ADEQ but not less. Maricopa and Pima counties as Arizona's most populous counties have authority to enforce most environmental laws.
ADEQ offers a variety of assistance to help ensure that people are in compliance with state and federal environmental laws when operating their businesses and facilities.