Pima Association of Governments, the region's designated air quality planning organization, develops regional plans, conducts analyses to ensure the plans do not adversely affect the environment and ensures that programs comply with all federal requirements. PAG also conducts routine emissions inventories of greenhouse gases for the region.
Clean air is essential to the economic viability and well being of the Tucson region, and preservation of our desert ecosystem. Motor vehicle travel, industrial activities, land development patterns and meteorological conditions all affect regional air quality. Understanding the primary causes of air pollution and initiating steps to curb pollution are essential for maintaining healthy air.
National standards are established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that our air remains healthy and to protect the visibility of our natural areas. With the population of the Tucson region at 1 million, maintaining healthy air, understanding the sources of pollution and initiating steps to curb pollution are important.
Currently, air in the Tucson region meets all of the federal environmental health standards. However, several air pollutants (ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide) are of key significance in our area. Of these three, ground-level ozone is of the greatest concern since increasing levels may exceed the total concentrations recommended by the federal health standard. Although air pollutants are emitted from commercial and industrial sources, the majority of manmade air pollution in the county comes from motor vehicle use.
For more information about each of the air pollutants, please click on the links below:
Air Quality Subcommittee
Air Quality Resources
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