Spokane Clean Air inspectors respond to many citizen complaints regarding dust. If left uncontrolled, dust can be public health hazard. When inhaled, fine dust particles travel deep into the lungs, increasing breathing problems, damaging lung tissue, and aggravating existing health problems. In the Spokane area, most of the dust pollution comes from a combination of activities, including:
Requirements: To reduce dust emissions, Spokane Clean Air requires that dirt tracked onto paved surfaces be promptly removed and that reasonable measures be taken to control dust from unpaved areas. Requirements in Regulation I, Article VI, Section 6.05, apply to many different operations, such as construction, landscaping, and road work. Here is some additional literature that may be helpful:
Avoid travel on unpaved roads whenever feasible. Use an alternate route to reach your destination.
If you have to drive on an unpaved road, keep your speed down. Driving slowly on an unpaved road will dramatically reduce the amount of dust emissions created.
Hire a private contractor, who is approved by the city or county, to apply a dust suppressant to your road (often referred to as road “oiling” although it isn’t oil that is applied.
Establish a local or road improvement district with your neighbors, to help fund part of the paving project:
Spokane County coordinates a Road Improvement District (RID) program, allowing property owners a way to upgrade their dirt road while improving their neighborhood, air quality and property value.
The City of Spokane coordinates a Local Improvement District (LID) program, allowing property owners within neighborhoods a way to improve their community, such as paving roads, alleys and lighting upgrades.
Keep your vehicle in the driving lane and off the shoulder of the road where dirt and debris accumulates.
Avoid using a leaf blower to clean dirt/debris from sidewalks, parking lots, or driveways. Blowing this into the air doesn’t solve the problem, it just moves it. Use a broom and dustpan instead!
When hauling debris, keep the load covered at all times.