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Environmental Resources - Air Quality
Breathing clean air is a fundamental requirement for a healthy life.  In order to protect human health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for air pollutants. Although complying with the air quality standards indicates relatively good air quality, there is a segment of the population that suffer physical problems, such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing or chest pains even when no air quality violations are recorded. People with respiratory problems are the most vulnerable. Children (because their respiratory systems are not fully developed) and the elderly also are at greater risk of being affected by high air pollution levels. To learn more about the types of air pollutants impacting air quality in the valley, such as particulate matter (dust), lead, carbon monoxide, and ozone, click on the links above or below. 
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Sky E.P.A. approves M.A.G.’s 5% plan for Maricopa County
YouTube Description: The approval recognizes continued air quality improvements in Glendale and Maricopa County, the report shows annual reductions of PM-10 emissions since 2007. The approval marks the first time Maricopa County has been found to meet the federal standards for dust since the Clean Air Act was amended in 1970. Watch the Video.
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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality

Be Green by Reducing the Brown (DUST)
Air quality is so important. Having clean air is not only critical to protect public health, but is also important to economic vitality. Not meeting air quality standards can jeopardize over $7 billion of federal highway funds that are used to improve our transportation system. The City of Glendale, along with private industry and other government agencies have made significant progress in reducing dust in the valley. Click here to watch a video showing the progress made in reducing dust in the valley and what you can do to help.

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Particulate Matter (Dust)
Particulate matter consists of tiny dust particles, other solid particles (e.g., carbon) and water vapor that are suspended in the air. Although individual particles cannot be seen by the naked eye, when particulate matter levels are high they appear to us as smog, haze or brown cloud. Read more>>

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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality Lead
Lead is a toxic element and is dangerous to human health even at relatively low levels. Lead levels in the atmosphere have declined considerably with the phasing out of lead in gasoline. Read more>>
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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is formed by incomplete burning of fuels such as gasoline, oil, natural gas, and wood. Read more>>
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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality Ozone
Ozone is formed by the interaction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight. In the earth’s lower atmosphere, ozone is a primary constituent of smog. Read more>>
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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality Sources of Air Pollution in Maricopa County
The automobile (cars and trucks) is a large source of air pollution in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Fast facts>>
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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality Clean Air Make More
Find the current status of air quality in Maricopa County and make the air quality commitment at www.cleanairmakemore.com
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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality Woodburning Fireplace Restrictions
Maricopa County prohibits the use of residential wood-burning fireplaces during high air pollution episodes. Learn more>>
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Glendale, AZ - Air Quality Dust Control Ordinance
Did you know that the dust in the air can be unhealthy to you and your loved ones? Dust particles are so small that they can pass through your throat and nose and into your lungs, and may even get into the bloodstream. Learn more>>

 

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