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Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program Archive Listing


The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors adopted the following regulations in accordance with the Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program policy in an effort to promote consistency and transparency among regulatory departments. The Maricopa County Air Quality Department has undertaken significant efforts since 2012 toward regulatory reform.
Item Number
Item Name
Description
AQ-2015-002 Rule 322 Revisions to Rule 322 address the requirements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for “moderate” nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The revisions in Rule 322 include Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for nitrogen oxides (NOx). The revisions were adopted by the BOS on November 2, 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2015-003 Rule 323 Revisions to Rule 323 address the requirements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for “moderate” nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The revisions in Rule 323 include Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for nitrogen oxides (NOx). The revisions were adopted by the BOS on November 2, 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2015-004 Rule 324 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2015-004     Rule 324     Revisions to Rule 324 address the requirements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for “moderate” nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The revisions in Rule 324 include Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for nitrogen oxides (NOx). The revisions were adopted by the BOS on November 2, 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2015-005 Rule 336 Revisions to Rule 336 address the requirements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for “moderate” nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The revisions in Rule 336 include Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The revisions were adopted by the BOS on November 2, 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2015-006 Rules 342
Revisions to Rule 342 address the requirements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for “moderate” nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The revisions in Rule 342 include Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The revisions were adopted by the BOS on November 2, 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2013-002 Rule 345
Revisions to Rule 345 update requirements and work practices for vehicle coating operations that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The revisions were adopted by the BOS on November 2, 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ-2015-008 Rule 350,
351, 352, and
353
Revisions to Rules 350, 351, 352, and 353 address the requirements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for “moderate” nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The revisions in Rules 350, 351, 352, and 353 include Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The revisions were adopted by the BOS on November 2, 2016 and take immediate effect
AQ 2016-002 Rule 241 Revisions to Rule 241 change the threshold when new or modified stationary sources are required to apply Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) from 25 tons per year to 40 tons per year for volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, or sulfur dioxide. The revisions were adopted by the BOS on September 7, 2016 and take immediate effect.
AQ 2013-005 New Source Review The purpose of this rulemaking is to update the Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s NSR rules in order to secure their approval as part of the SIP under the federal Clean Air Act. The update will be consistent with revisions the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made to the NSR Program required by the federal Clean Air Act. NSR is a long-standing Clean Air Act permitting program that requires businesses to get an air pollution control permit before they start construction or make major modifications to their business. NSR must ensure that air quality is not significantly degraded from the addition of new or modified businesses, while also providing flexibility to businesses to improve or modernize their operations. Air quality permits must include an air quality analysis to demonstrate that new emissions emitted from the business will not cause or contribute to a violation of a National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Maricopa County Air Quality Department permit fees are not changing due to this rulemaking
AQ 2015-001 Incorporation by Reference Eliminates inconsistent regulatory requirements between county and federal government. Incorporated by reference federal regulations and documents promulgated by the EPA and published in the Federal Register that include: New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Waste Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Acid Rain and other parts of Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations. Approved at the 11-05-2014 BOS meeting for immediate effect.
AQ 2013-006
Definition of "Non-Precursor Organic Compound" Regulatory burden is reduced by the department providing a regularly updated list of non-precursor organic compounds for use within Maricopa County. The EPA periodically updates the definition of “volatile organic compound (VOC)”that includes a list of compounds that are not considered to be a contributing factor to the formation of ground level ozone (40 CFR 51.100(s)). Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations, Rule 100 (General Provisions and Definitions), defines these compounds as “non-precursor organic compounds.” By providing one consistent definition of “VOC” and “non-precursor organic compound” throughout the Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations, businesses have a wider range of materials available to use thus leveling the playing field for companies operating within Maricopa County with those operating in other jurisdictions. Citizens benefit due to the reduction in ground-level ozone formation by the expected increase in the use of non-precursor organic compounds. The rule revisions should not have any negative economic, consumer or public impact in Maricopa County. Approved at the 09-25-2013 BOS meeting for immediate effect.
AQ 2013-004-IBR Incorporation by Reference Eliminates inconsistent regulatory requirements between county and federal government. Incorporated by reference federal regulations and documents promulgated by the EPA and published in the Federal Register include: New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Acid Rain and other parts of Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations. Approved at the 07-25-12 and 03-26-14 BOS meetings for immediate effect.
  Rule 314 (Open Outdoor Fires and Indoor Fireplaces at Commercial and Institutional Establishments) Regulatory burden was reduced by the allowance of special case exemptions during restricted burn periods. Rule 314 restrictions were designed to reduce the emission of air contaminants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by limiting certain types of open burning by nonresidential sources, with an emphasis on high-pollution days and during those times of the year when pollution levels are more likely to exceed standards. Clarified when limited testing of potentially explosive-containing products during restricted-burn periods would be allowed. Approved at the 07-25-12 BOS meeting for immediate effect.
  Rule 358  
(Polystyrene Foam Operations) Regulatory burden was reduced by changing the frequency of required performance testing from annually to once every five years. The revisions reduced costs to the polystyrene industry and to the department, while maintaining current VOC emissions limits. The health impact of the proposed revision is negligible as the VOC emissions will be unchanged. Approved at the 07-25-12 BOS meeting for immediate effect.
  Rule 313   
(Incinerators, Burn-Off Ovens, and Crematories) Regulatory burden was reduced by providing/allowing nighttime operations. The rule reduces PM10 emissions in Maricopa County. The rule removes unnecessary restrictions on business operations. Rule 313 amends the nighttime combustion option and provides greater flexibility for the parts reclamation unit operators who chose to operate at night without installing a COMS. The facility savings include: (1) costs of the COMS unit estimated to be in excess of $40,000.00 and (2) training facility staff to operate equipment and maintain the COMS monitor. Approved at the 05-09-12 BOS meeting for immediate effect.

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