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Dust

Nuisance dusts can be a problem to people living near certain types of industry, quarries and building sites.

The generation of dust is controlled within several pieces of legislation, including Town and Country Planning laws and the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Dust from sites can be controlled by:  

(a) Carefully siting transport routes;  
(b) Providing hard-surfaced roadways;  
(c) Imposing speed limits on site;  
(d) Damping stockpiles of materials, and roadways;  
(e) Keeping roadways clear;  
(f) Adjusting working methods eg. to minimise demolition or crushing dust.  
(g) Storing fine material under cover.

Dust from industrial processes can be controlled by:  

(a) Installing fully enclosed transport systems for dusty materials;  
(b) Receiving and storing material in tankers, bags or silos;  
(c) Ensuring a high standard of housekeeping;  
(d) Installing dust collection systems such as cyclones and bag filters;  
(e) Managing the site so that product damage is minimised.
 
If you are bothered by dust which originates from an identifiable source, contact the Pollution Control Officer who will investigate the problem and advise you of any action which can be taken. It is important to note, that dust controls are primarily concerned with the protection of human health and the environment in general. If you are bothered by dust which only affects your property or possessions, you will probably have to pursue the matter yourself.

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