The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) has scheduled a workshop on proposed revisions to four enforcement-related policies on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm at 1001 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (check-in will be at the reception area in suite 125). The four draft policies are:
· Violation Reporting and Enforcement
· Opportunity to Correct
· Ombudsman Review
· Administrative Hearing Appeal Process
A copy of the draft policies is currently available on the department’s website at the following website address: http://www.maricopa.gov/aq/media/enforcement/20130909-Draft%20Enforcement%20Policies.pdf
Enforcement policies ensure that the department will respond appropriately, consistently, and timely to instances of noncompliance. Following an Enforcement Summit in 2008, the department agreed to implement a number of new processes and policies to make MCAQD’s enforcement program more effective and consistent. Since 2008, MCAQD has developed and implemented an Ombudsman review policy, administrative hearing appeal guideline, opportunity to correct notice and policy, violation self-reporting policy and a supplemental environmental projects policy.
For the September 18th workshop, MCAQD is proposing revisions to the Violation Reporting and Enforcement policy to describe MCAQD’s comprehensive guidance for the enforcement process. In addition, the proposed revisions to this policy also incorporate statutory changes enacted since the last revision of this policy. In the proposed revisions to the remaining policies, MCAQD has made minor changes to clarify, streamline, improve consistency between policies and re-format the older policies. A summary page describing the policy specific revisions precedes the draft policies.
In order to enhance the discussion and cost savings, as well as support the county’s sustainability initiative, information will be electronically displayed during the public workshop. If you prefer a hardcopy of the documentation, please print the information from the website address above to bring with you to the meeting.
The public workshop is an informal meeting for all interested parties, is free of charge and no advance registration or RSVP is required. Members of the public may provide oral or written comments to the department. Comments on the proposed policies will be accepted until Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Additional information on the proposed policies may be obtained by contacting Jo Crumbaker at 602-506-6705 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Maricopa County Air Quality Department
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.
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