Dust is everywhere. Dust can affect the health of machinery, plants, animals, and humans. But, all dust is not the same. Smaller or fine particles can reach deeper into the sensitive regions of the respiratory system and have a greater potential to cause serious health problems.
Sources of dust include:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has standards for dust emissions. "Particulate matter" or PM are very small airborne particles. The EPA regulates PM 10 -- any particle with a diameter less than or equal to 10 micrometers or 0.0004 inches (about 1/7 the diameter of a human hair). PM10 is considered an air pollutant. The EPA has standards for PM10 emissions and the concentration of PM10 over a 24-hour period. A company or contractor can become in violation of the law if these standards are exceeded and fines can be costly.
Keeping the soil moist can stabilize dust but watering can be expensive, particularly in the hot, dry seasons. A cost-effective, all-natural, bio-based polymer called DUST SENTINEL™ is being produced at NanoQuantics and can minimize dust problems by keeping it in place.
For more information on our dust abatement solutions, contact us.
**It is important to know what the laws are nationally and by state for dust emissions. Additionally, some states/localities require permits for soil disturbance projects. For more details see the EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards on particulate matter.