Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) has regulatory authority for air quality within Pima County including municipalities as an Air Quality Control District , with the exception of the Tohono O'Odham, Pasqua Yaqui and San Xavier Indian Reservations established pursuant to applicable provisions of the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.), Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.), Pima County Code (PCC), Federal Environmental Statutes, delegation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (via the Clean Air Act), and by delegation from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. PDEQ regulates ambient outdoor air quality according to rules contained in Title 17 of the Pima County Code, conducts Air Quality Monitoring and provides Community Education about air quality issues.
Sources of Air Pollution Requiring Permits
PDEQ issues air quality operating permits to facilities known as Stationary Sources which may be any building, structure or installation subject to regulation which emits or may emit air pollution. These facilities must comply with the conditions in their operating permits to limit air pollution. The tab below for Stationary Sources includes information regarding Operating Permits and Compliance Guidance for these sources. Other sources of air pollution include Fugitive Dust, Asbestos and Open Burning, which are also regulated by PDEQ.
Pima County Copper Mines
Permits & Tailings Dust documents regarding Air Quality information for Copper Mines within Pima County are available for review.