Arizona Revised Statutes § 49-465 Air Pollution Emergency

49-465. Air pollution emergency

A. If the director determines that air pollution in any area constitutes or may constitute an emergency risk to the health of those in the area or that national ambient air quality standards are likely to be exceeded, such determination shall be communicated to the governor. The governor may, by proclamation, declare that an emergency exists and may prohibit, restrict or condition the following:

1. Motor vehicle traffic.

2. The operation of retail, commercial, manufacturing, governmental, industrial, or similar activity.

3. Operation of incinerators.

4. The burning or other consumption of fuels.

5. The burning of any materials whatsoever.

6. Any and all other activity which contributes or may contribute to the emergency.

B. If the governor declares that an emergency exists pursuant to subsection A, the governor shall prohibit, restrict or condition the employment schedules for employees of this state and its political subdivisions, and on a voluntary basis only, may encourage private employers to develop similar work rules to restrict vehicle emissions during air quality emergencies. Any unscheduled leave that an employee of this state or its political subdivisions is required to take because of the prohibition, restriction or condition shall be leave with pay.

C. Orders of the governor shall be enforced by the department and the state and local police and air pollution enforcement personnel forces. Those authorized to enforce the orders may use reasonable force required in the enforcement of the orders, and may take reasonable steps required to assure compliance, including but not limited to the following:

1. Enter upon any property or establishment believed to be violating the order and, if a request does not produce compliance, cause compliance with such order.

2. Stopping, detouring, rerouting, and prohibiting vehicle traffic.

3. Disconnecting incinerator or other types of combustion facilities.

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