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Air pollution agreement reached with Phoenix firm

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department says a $1 million enforcement settlement has been reached with a Phoenix sand and gravel business.

The agreement was announced Wednesday. It stipulates that a portion of the enforcement fines will be invested into the community through air quality outreach and education.

The county’s Air Quality Department found Fisher Sand and Gravel Company to be in violation of multiple air pollution laws over a 2½-year period from 2007 to 2010.

Fisher will pay a fine of $650,000 with the money going to the county department’s air quality fund.

“Fisher Sand and Gravel is relieved to finalize this settlement and to move forward with a clean slate,” said Karl Gentles, spokesperson for Fisher Sand and Gravel.

“Fisher is a different company today than it was two-to- three years ago. We have made great strides in our environmental compliance and significant operational improvements,” Gentles said in a statement.

The settlement agreement also requires Fisher to contribute $350,000 to develop and implement a public awareness program regarding air quality.

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