The Maricopa County Air Quality Compliance and Enforcement Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state and county air pollution regulations. The enforcement activities of the department seek to deter future air quality violations and ensure a level the playing field among all regulated facilities so that none has a competitive advantage derived from non-compliance.
Notice of Violation & Referral
After an inspector has issued a notice of non-compliance, the inspection file is referred to the division’s enforcement team. Referrals will typically include photographs, the inspector's report including a narrative description of the violation(s), and additional supporting evidence.
The division's enforcement team has the authority, per Arizona Revised Statutes, to recover penalties up to $10,000 per day, per violation.
When calculating penalties, the enforcement team uses the Violation Penalty Policy. Appendix A to the Violation Penalty Policy was adopted in May 2012 and specifically addresses the calculation of penalties associated with asbestos violations (Rule 370).
The Violation Penalty Policy discusses the following issues:
Degree to which the violator deviated from the substance and intent of the requirement
History of non-compliance
Level of risk the violation posed to the community and the environment