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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.

    Air Program

    The Air Program is comprised of multiple sections which address different issues regarding air quality.

    Air Quality Monitoring

    Stationary Source Permitting

    Education and Outreach

    Activity Permits

    Clean Air Program

    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
    • Illegal Dumping Surveillance, Complaint Response and Enforcement

    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.

    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.

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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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