There are many reasons, both environmental and health-related, why you should control fugitive dust. Fugitive dust is made up of fine particles. When inhaled, fine particles can accumulate in the respiratory system causing various respiratory problems including persistent coughs, wheezing and physical discomfort. Additionally, breathing these fine particles can increase susceptibility to respiratory infections and can aggravate existing respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Even short-term exposure to dust can increase the severity of respiratory problems.
Countywide - Regulate operations that periodically may cause dust emissions. The focus is on emissions from process activity, site activity, and a lack of adequate surface stabilization, all associated with construction, earthwork, or land development.
West Pinal PM10 Nonattainment Area - Control fugitive dust from open areas (vacant lots), unpaved roads, unpaved lots, and paved public roadways by requiring preventive measures to reduce dust emissions.
Apache Junction PM10 Nonattainment Area - To avoid violations of the PM10 standard and improve control of excessive fugitive emissions from unpaved parking lots.