The Valley exceeded federal air quality standards for particulate matter 2.5 on New Year’s Day despite “No Burn Day” restrictions and a high pollution advisory. It was the third time in a week that the Valley’s air quality sparked a federal violation.
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department, which issues the “No Burn Day” restrictions, reported it got about 60 calls over the weekend, some filing a complaint on burn activity and others stating their opinions about the restrictions, spokeswoman Holly Ward said.
The Valley was under restrictions New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day.
“Our inspectors are working to respond to those complaints made on the phone and via our Web site,” Ward wrote in an e-mail. “We will total those up along with fireplace patrol data to get a better idea of the true numbers.”
The numbers were not available at press time.