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    Department of Environmental Quality

    Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ), formed in 1989, serves Pima County by protecting public health and the environment. PDEQ operates programs to monitor air and water quality, hazardous waste, solid waste, and assist in waste minimization and pollution prevention. PDEQ also provides public outreach, education, and citizens' assistance; processes environmental permits; and responds to public complaints and inquiries with investigations and enforcement.

    Our Mission

    Preserve and protect the environment of Pima County for the long-term benefit of residents' health, welfare, safety, and quality of life. Identify and respond to environmental issues by providing public services including monitoring, enforcement, information, education, and solid waste management.

    Ambient Monitoring Network Plan

    In accordance with 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §58.10 Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) has the annual ambient monitoring network plan available for public inspection on May 16, 2019, more than 30 days prior to submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 2018 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan contains descriptions of and changes to the air quality monitoring network. The document is also available for review at PDEQ, 33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700, Tucson, AZ from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Public comments may be submitted in writing to PDEQ, Attention: Mike Draper, 33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700, Tucson, AZ 85701. Written comments are due before the close of business on June 20, 2019. Additional information is available by calling 520-724-7400.

    Water Program

    The Water Program is comprised of multiple sections which address different issues regarding wastewater, drinking water, stormwater and well monitoring at TIAA Superfund Site.

    Wastewater

    Drinking Water

    Stormwater

    TIAA Superfund Site

    Waste & Recycling 

    The Waste Program is comprised of multiple sections that include:
    • Landfills
    • Waste Tire Disposal
    • Waste Reduction (Recycling)
    • Hazardous Waste Generators
    • Solid and Liquid Waste Haulers
    • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Options 
    • Illegal Dumping Surveillance, Complaint Response and Enforcement

    Code Compliance


    The Code Compliance Program is administered by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) for the Pima County Development Services Department (DSD). PDEQ Code inspectors investigate reported code complaints and assist property owners in correcting any violations and maintaining their property in compliance with the Zoning, Building and Environmental codes.

    Environmental Complaints

    Air, Waste, Water Complaints

    PDEQ strives to identify and respond to environmental concerns in Pima County. PDEQ has regulatory authority over certain environmental issues, please read information regarding Environmental Complaints prior to submitting a complaint by phone (call (520) 724-7400 and ask to speak to a Complaint Coordinator) or through the online Environmental Complaint Form.

    Code Complaints

    The Code Compliance Program is administered by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) for the Pima County Development Services Department (DSD). PDEQ Code inspectors investigate reported code complaints and assist property owners in correcting any violations and maintaining their property in compliance with the Zoning, Building and Environmental codes.

    Buffelgrass Complaints

    PDEQ, in coordination with other state and local agencies, is committed to addressing the serious threat posed by the spread of buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert. The Pima County Board of Supervisors has recently adopted an ordinance to facilitate this effort. Please read the provided buffelgrass information prior to submitting a complaint by phone (call (520) 724-7400 and ask to speak to a Complaint Coordinator) or through the online Buffelgrass Complaint Form.

    Mold Complaints

    PDEQ does not have the authority to investigate or address mold concerns inside residences or businesses in Pima County. It is the property owner’s responsibility to determine if mold is present and if so, to properly remediate it. There are many mold remediation businesses you can hire to determine if mold is present in your home and to clean up the mold, if you are unable to do it yourself.

    In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has information and resources on their website that might be helpful, including ways to prevent and control mold, guidelines for cleaning up mold, and general information on mold and other indoor air quality topics.
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    Department of Environmental Quality

    33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Phone: (520) 724-7400
    Fax: (520) 838-7432


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