Dust Control (PM-10)

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What is PM-10?
PM-10 is particulate matter that is 10 micrometers or less in diameter. These particles are very small and can invade the natural defense mechanism of the human respiratory tract, penetrating deep into the lungs. Consequently, PM-10 can cause a wide variety of harmful health effects, especially for children, the elderly and people with preexisting respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.Dust Control

With this potential threat to human health, several groups in the Phoenix metropolitan area are implementing programs to help the area meet the Federal Clean Air Act standards for PM-10. Queen Creek Town Council adopted a resolution to implement nine measures to reduce PM-10 particulate matter in the Valley.

According to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Queen Creek’s resolution to implement the measures made the Town the first municipality in the region to submit a list of commitments to the association for inclusion in its five-percent reduction plan addressing regional dust pollution.

MAG has also produced a video to discuss air quality with residents, as well as a video on how to prevent dust.

Clean Air Make More
When you're informed, you can make a difference. Take action to help us avoid adding pollution to our air by signing up to receive air quality alerts. Clean Air Make More will send you information on high pollution advisory (HPA) or health watch days. The air pollution forecast is called every day, except Saturdays, typically between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If air quality data and local meteorology suggest poor air quality, we go to work to let you know.

Questions? Contact Air Quality Department Public Information Officer Holly Ward at (602) 506-6713 or hward@mail.maricopa.gov or just go to cleanairmakemore.com to make the Clean Air Commitment!

ADEQ Dust Control Forecasts
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regularly provides air quality/dust control forecasts. To listen to a recorded message of the most recent Maricopa County dust forecasts, call 602-771-2368. Note: the line may ring several times before the message begins. ADEQ also posts weekly dust forecasts online.

Blue Sky Award for Exceptional Public Outreach
The Town of Queen Creek received the Blue Sky Award for Exceptional Public Education/Outreach Program at the first annual Maricopa County Air Quality Conference on Oct. 20, 2009. The Blue Sky Awards are designed to recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership and make notable contributions in protecting and enhancing air quality in Maricopa County. The Town was recognized specifically for its outstanding informational and educational public outreach programs encouraging clean air efforts in Maricopa County.

The Town uses its multi-faceted public outreach resources to encourage, educate and elevate residents' understanding about air quality, including brochures, fliers, public meetings, website FAQs, Town-sponsored events, Citizen Leadership Institute presentations, Dust Awareness Week, news articles, online and print surveys, and links to CleanAirMakeMore.com, Arizona Department of Agriculture and Maricopa County Air Quality Dust Control.

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