At its June 6 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council adopted a resolution to implement nine measures to reduce PM-10 particulate matter in the Valley, becoming the first of the jurisdictions in the region to do so.
According to MAG, Queen Creek’s resolution to implement the measures at the June 6 meeting made the Town the first municipality in the region to submit a list of commitments to the association for inclusion in its 5 percent reduction plan addressing regional dust pollution.
“We have a major air quality problem to solve, and we were pleased with the measures that were provided, which represent a significant commitment for one of the region’s smaller communities,” said MAG Environmental Director Lindy Bauer. “We are encouraged by the quality commitment from Queen Creek to address our regional air quality problem.”
The Town’s resolution includes a variety of measures, including a proclamation naming the first week of August “Dust Awareness Week.” In addition to the measures above, the Town of Queen Creek has taken an active an ongoing role in the reduction of particulate matter and has specifically addressed this issue with the approval of the following resolutions:
- Establish a dust control hotline to receive calls regarding air quality concerns
- Modify right-of-way encroachment and onsite building permits to include a reminder of dust control requirements
- Monitor off-road vehicle activity and gather data to determine problem areas and enforcement measures
- Clean Town streets with PM-10-certified street sweepers
- Stabilize unpaved public parking lots and drive approaches, and identify unpaved
privately-owned parking lots to determine a course of action needed to correct deficiencies
- Stabilize 52 linear miles of unpaved shoulders in the Town with a dust control agent
- Continue to require paving of all public roads in the Town’s jurisdiction and to enforce current Zoning Ordinance and building permit requirements related to dust control