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County cracks down on dust

Inspectors have their eyes open for violators of the pollution law and residents are welcome to report offenders.



To keep your air cleaner, the county is on the lookout for errant leaf blowers and other dust disturbers.

Pima County Code Title 17 requires anyone stirring up dust to stop it, said Beth Gorman, program director for the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. County inspectors are out looking for violators, and the public is invited to report infractions. To file a complaint, call 740-3340.

Of particular concern are landscape businesses, which are required to take precautions to control particulate pollution, Gorman said.

No one will be fined for a first offense, but a letter of violation will be issued to offenders along with ways to put a damper on the dust, she said. A written plan of remediation by the offending party would be required. The fine for subsequent violations could be as high as $10,000 per day per violation, according to the County Code.

“We’re not out there to give fines,” she said. “We are there to control dust, and many are not aware they must control dust.”

Investigators identify rollover victim



Pima County investigators have identified a man killed last week when his pickup rolled near Sonoita Highway about 15 miles south of Interstate 10.

Authorities found the body of Chad Robinson, 31, of Sonoita early Friday after a passer-by reported the truck about 5:45 a.m., sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Dawn Barkman said yesterday.

The passer-by saw the pickup, which rolled and partly ejected the driver, on a dirt road just off State Route 83, Barkman said. The route also is known as Sonoita Highway.

Investigators could not determine when the rollover occurred or its cause, but suspect it happened Thursday night. There was no evidence anyone else was in the truck when it crashed, Barkman said.

Meteor shower in full view Aug. 10-13



If you want to catch a falling star and put in your pocket, the annual Perseid meteor shower Aug. 10-13 might be a good event to practice at.

The shower, expected to bring 10 to 30 meteors – and sometimes up to 50 – per hour into the atmosphere, often is considered the best of the year, said Michael Terenzoni, astronomer with the Flandrau Science Center.

Watchers should beware because the monsoon could cloud the issue even though a waning moon will leave the sky dark, he said. The best spots for observing are those far from city lights or sports parks. The best time is after midnight.

But don’t expect to find any meteor remnants, Terenzoni said. The debris causing the shower consists of particles of rock, some thinner than a hair and most no larger than a grain of sand that burn up well before hitting Earth.

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