Be aware of the potential health impacts caused by weed removal

February 27, 2018 - 12:59 pm

It is that time again when weeds become a major nuisance in Maricopa County.

Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) encourages property owners to be aware of the potential health impacts caused by dust from weed removal.

A permit from MCAQD is required when removing weeds by mechanized equipment (discing, blading or scraping) if this activity disturbs more than 1/10 of an acre. If the weeds are removed with a mower, weed eater or hand tool, a permit is not required.

Regardless of how weeds are removed, if the surface is disturbed during removal, it must be re-stabilized to prevent airborne dust that could become an air quality concern. Stabilize soil crust by applying water of other form or soil stabilizer. Rock or asphalt millings are another option.

For more information on weed removal rules and permit requirements, contact the MCAQD Business Assistance Office at 602-506-5102 or visit the Department’s website

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