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Dust in the wind means air quality watch for Pima County

High levels of soot, dust and aerosol matter in the air have led officials to caution people with sensitivities to limit outdoor activities for the next day or so in the Tucson area.... Read more»

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Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier grilling, less pollution

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing into the air a lower amount of volatile organic compounds—key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Beryllium plant: Public needs to speak out about their environment

The Materion plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of beryllium oxide products in on South Tucson Boulevard in a residential neighborhood with numerous nearby schools. Materion, formerly known as Brush Ceramics and Brush Wellman, opened its ceramics manufacturing plant in 1980. Since then, at least 35 employees have developed chronic beryllium disease, and at least 5 have died. People had fears and concerns that the risk posed by the Brush Wellman plant isn't limited to its employees.... Read more»

Weather Service, Pima County warn of blowing dust

If you're not riding the streetcar and instead planning on hitting the road northward, you should know that the Weather Service has issued a blowing dust advisory that covers the Picacho Peak area. Pima County officials said they are also issuing an advisory, warning of dust and smoke carried from wildfires. ... Read more»

July 4 BBQ

Green grilling means tastier food, less pollution

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing into the air a lower amount of volatile organic compounds—key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

I-10 drivers warned of wind gusts, dust storms

Anyone driving north from Tucson on Thursday should be aware that high winds and blowing dust could affect their ability to see the road. The Weather Service issued a blowing dust advisory until 7 p.m. for the Tucson metro area, Marana and Picacho Peak.... Read more»

Tangerine Landfill feels squeeze, closing to public

Nearing the limit on its capacity to take in more trash, Pima County's Tangerine Landfill will close to the public on Dec. 1, officials said. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Report card on Pima County air quality

An interview with Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik (D-Ward 6). Also, Tucson Realty & Trust President Hank Amos. Plus, Beth Gorman of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson struggles with dust issues

An interview with Beth Gorman, senior program manager for the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. Next, Certified Financial Planner Shelly Fishman with the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Plus, Blogger Beat contributor David Safier of Blog For Arizona.... Read more»

Dust in the wind: Air quality warning continues

Airborne dust remaining from Monday's gusty winds have led the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality to continue an air-quality advisory into Tuesday. People with heart disease or respiratory difficulties should reduce their exposure to outside air, a county spokeswoman said. ... Read more»

Air quality warning: Winds kick up dust

Monday's gusty winds have led the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality to issue an air-quality advisory, and the Weather Service to warn motorists about blowing dust. People with heart disease or respiratory difficulties should reduce their exposure to outside air, a county spokeswoman said. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pima County gets good air quality marks

An update on the capital from Terry Bracy, Buckmaster contributor in Washington, D.C., plus financial planner Shelly Fishman, an interview with CD1 GOP candidate Jonathan Paton, and Beth Gorman of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. ... Read more»

July 4 BBQ

Green grilling means tastier food, less pollution

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing into the air a lower amount of volatile organic compounds—key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney in your barbecue.... Read more»

Public meetings this week on Oracle Ridge mine air quality

Public meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday on the reopening of an underground copper mine on the north side of the Catalina Mountains. An open house and public hearing on an air quality permit for the mine will be held in Catalina.... Read more»

Weather

Pima County issues (another) air quality advisory

High winds may mean trouble breathing for some, Pima County officials said Friday, as they issued the third air quality warning this week. People "with heart disease and respiratory sensitivities may wish to reduce their exposure to outside air."... Read more»

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