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Fugitive Dust


Fugitive dust is a relatively new term for an old problem. Simply put, fugitive dust is a type of non-point source air pollution – small airborne particles that do not originate from a specific point such as a gravel quarry or grain mill. Fugitive dust originates in small quantities over large areas. Significant sources include unpaved roads, agricultural cropland and construction sites. Most citizens, particularly those living near unpaved roads, are familiar with the nuisance of fugitive dust . Recent research indicates that there are significant health considerations involved as well.

Fugitive dust is included in the larger category of particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter includes the solid particles and liquid droplets suspended in the air. Sources of particulate matter include smokestacks and vehicle exhaust, but the largest single source is unpaved roads (Figure 1). The EPA classifies particulate matter as one of six principal air pollutants, including carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and sulfur dioxide.

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                        Figure 1

Particulate matter emissions originate from many sources. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates total fugitive dust emissions at about 25 million tons per year. Source: EPA, National Air Quality and Emissions Trends Report, 1997.


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