Newsroom: Press Release Archive: December 2012

December 31, 2012
ADEQ Issues a PM2.5 HPA for the Phoenix Metro Area for Tuesday, Jan. 1
This HPA is being issued because ADEQ forecasters are expecting clearing skies, light winds, and very cold temperatures through the Phoenix metropolitan area late tonight, leading to poor or marginal dispersion through Tuesday morning. Historically, wood-burning activities have led to high concentrations of smoke in the Phoenix area increasing the probability that smoke will accumulate leading to high to unhealthy PM2.5 (fine particle) concentrations.
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December 24, 2012
ADEQ Issues a PM2.5 HPA for the Phoenix Metro Area for Monday, Dec. 24
The HPA is being issued because several weather disturbances entering Arizona are expected to produce winds only north of the Valley. Because of the burning of wood in fireplaces and other devices to celebrate the holiday season, the smoke has produced unhealthy air quality conditions in the Valley in five of the last six years.
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December 21, 2012
ADEQ Officials Announce Release of New Coloring Book for Children to Learn About Air Pollution, Take Precautions
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced today the release of a new coloring book entitled “Winter in the Desert” as a tool for students to learn about air pollution and to take preventative actions and become good environmental stewards.
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Coloring Book

December 19, 2012
Catalyst Paper Still on Hook for Environmental Clean-ups
Sale of the Catalyst Paper Mill in Snowflake, Ariz., approved today by a federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware, ensures that any environmental damages discovered at the site will be cleaned up as required under State and federal law and the permits issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the state’s environmental quality director, Henry Darwin, said today.
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December 11, 2012
ADEQ's 25 Years of Existence Result in Large Reduction of Pollutant Levels in the Air of Metropolitan Phoenix Area
During the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's 25 years of existence, the amount of pollution in the skies of metropolitan Phoenix has been greatly reduced.
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ADEQ 25th Anniversary Book