Chemical and physical conditioners must be used for treatment and agglomeration of coal dust, airborne dust resulting from the processing and handling of coal or aggregate products.
Small particles of material called Particulate Matter (PM) can fill the air during mining and processing operations. Controlling this nuisance through chemical and physical treatment is essential to meeting some OSHA and MSHA requirements. Water alone is insufficient to capturing fine PM less than 100 microns. Typically dust particles are much smaller in size and will resists being captured by water sprays along thus remaining airborne. This can lead to inhalation and other visual problems associated with health and safety.
On March 10, 2015, the EPA proposed requirements for implementing the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution (also known as PM2.5) in areas that are designated nonattainment for these standards. These requirements would apply to current and future fine particle pollution standards. Click here or contact us for more information.