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Articles of Interest

Articles of Interest encompasses articles mentioning the Maricopa County Air Quality Department, notable articles discussing air quality and other articles of interest about those committed to making the air we breathe healthier. Whether local, national or global, these articles showcase the interest and concern we all have for air quality.

Phoenix Area High Temps a Treat, but Air Quality Poor

John Faherty Arizona Republic The new year has begun with nearly perfect weather. Nearly. A high-pressure system hovering over the Valley brought warm afternoons perfect for long walks, golf or […]

Burning a No-Burn Day with Holiday Haze

Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Lots of folks walked outside Christmas morning and found the air filled with the aroma of a holiday fire, but that was not the plan, not […]

Maricopa County Seeks Ways to Enforce No-Burn Rule

Michelle Ye Hee Lee Arizona Republic Maricopa County is seeking public input on how to implement an air-quality rule that has polarized county residents for years. For the past four […]

Phoenix Area’s Bad Air Tied to Storms

Michelle Ye Hee Lee Arizona Republic By most accounts, it will require a “herculean effort” to gather necessary documentation to prove to the federal government that the violations were caused […]

Phoenix-Area Heat Wave Ushers in Ozone Season

Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Residents urged to take steps to curb pollution Maricopa County’s ozone season starts today with a fresh burst of heat and sunlight, two key ingredients needed […]

Opinion: Ignoring No-Burn Days Imperils Public Health

Arizona Republic The Southeast Valley had a cold start to winter, allowing residents to don heavy coats and celebrate the holidays like we hear about in Christmas songs. The cold […]

No-Burn Violations Continue: In 2010, Officials Received at Least 559 Complaints

Michelle Ye Hee Lee Arizona Republic The Valley’s chilly weather may seem like the perfect time to huddle around the fireplace, but that is exactly what worries Maricopa County air-quality […]

Be Healthy: Honor No-Burn Days

Arizona Republic Every winter, “No burn days” in Maricopa County are met by responses that run from surprise to amiable adherence, to anger because of the perceived infringement on personal […]