Air Quality Archive

Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program Archive Listing

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors adopted the following regulations in accordance with the Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program policy in an effort to promote consistency and transparency among regulatory departments. The Maricopa County Air Quality Department has undertaken significant efforts since 2012 toward regulatory reform.
Item Number
Item Name
AQ-2017-012 Rule 314 (Outdoor Fires and Commercial / Institutional Solid Fuel Burning)
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) revised Rule 314 to clarify the applicability and requirements of Rule 314, define cooking, restrict the size of fires used for cooking, require that fires ignited for cooking during a restricted burn period be extinguished once the food is suitable for human consumption, require the use of seasoned wood in fireplaces, woodstoves, and chimineas at commercial and institutional establishments and in outdoor fires ignited for these specific purposes: to provide warmth for human beings; for recreational purposes; for branding of animals; for cooking; for proper disposal of the flag of the United States in accordance with 4 U.S.C. § 8. Revised Rule 314 to also incorporate existing MCAQD policies related to firefighter training during restricted burn periods and agricultural flame cultivation, and make other changes to ensure that the revised rule can be approved into the Arizona SIP.
AQ-2019-001 Incorporation By Reference The incorporation of federal standards into Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations Rule 360 (New Source Performance Standards), Rule 370 (Federal Hazardous Air Pollutant Program), Rule 371 (Acid Rain), and Appendix G (Incorporated Materials). The incorporation was adopted by the BOS on October 23, 2019 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2019-002 P-26 (Residential Burning Restrictions Ordinance)
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) revised Ordinance P–26 to clarify which fires at residential locations are subject to Ordinance P–26 and to clarify the requirements that are applicable to residential burning. The rule was also revised to update the methods that the MCAQD will use to notify the public when a restricted burn period has been declared and to align the penalties for violations of the ordinance with penalties specified in A.R.S. § 11-871. Other changes were made to ensure that the revised ordinance can be approved into the Arizona SIP.

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