You may not have heard of the term ‘fugitive dust’ before. The phrase is a fairly new name for an age-old problem, one you are likely to be very familiar with. In simple words, fugitive dust is an air pollution term referring to particulate matter suspended in the air. The most common source of fugitive dust is soil, which can become airborne due to vehicle reentrainment, cleanup and construction activities, and wind erosion.
Sources of Fugitive Dust
There are many different sources of fugitive dust that can result in the need for dust control solutions. In most cases, fugitive dust is the result of dry conditions where there is not enough moisture content in the ground to allow the soil to hold together. Unpaved roads are one of the primary sources of this type of dust pollution, generating around 10 million tons of fugitive dust in the United States each year, with dry places like Las Vegas NV, Phoenix AZ, and Odessa TX among some of those most in need of regular dust control. Another common source of fugitive dust is naturally occurring wind erosion. This is most frequent in arid, open spaces with little to no vegetation. Construction, agricultural activity, and even open container haulage can all contribute to fugitive dust becoming an issue.
The Impact of Fugitive Dust
Fugitive dust may seem like no big deal, after all, what harm can such tiny particles really do? The answer is much more than you might think. There are several reasons why dust control is an essential requirement in many industries and why failure to deal with fugitive dust emissions carries such lofty penalties. Some of the effects of fugitive dust include:
- Increased maintenance costs on tires, engines and other equipment
- Unsafe working conditions due to poor visibility & road conditions
- The potential for respiratory illness in employees
- Fines and other penalties for failure to comply with dust control regulations
Dust Control Solutions
At Fluid Tech LLC, we offer a proven dust control solution in the form of our Trans Seal I dust suppressant and soil stabilizer. It is a non-toxic, water-soluble polyvinyl emulsion designed to act as a binding agent. When Trans Seal I is applied it forms a crust on the treated surface which provides a long-term stabilizing effect. Not only does the product work to suppress fugitive dust emissions, but it also helps to prevent surface erosion.
Tran Seal I stands out as the more effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional salt-based dust suppressant products. These products have proven ineffective in low humidity climates, damage equipment have a harmful impact on the environment.
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Fluid Tech LLC has over 30 years’ experience in the environmental services and products industry, specializing in dust control, oil spill response, pharmaceutical waste treatment, and a range of absorbents and solidification agents. Fluid Tech LLC provides innovative products and technologies reducing life-cycle costs and liabilities.
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