New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Air Quality Bureau

Air Quality in Luna County


Luna County is 2,965 square miles in southwestern New Mexico with a total population of near 27,000, of which approximately 14,000 are in Deming. At an elevation of 4,330 feet, Luna County has an arid continental climate with low humidity and average annual rainfall of 9 inches. Winds average around 10 miles per hour for the year, with the prevailing direction being westerly. Late winter and spring are the seasons most closely associated with moderate to strong winds, which can bring blowing dust. The New Mexico Environment Department monitors concentrations of particulate matter at a monitoring station on the roof of the Post Office on Pine Street in Deming. In 2003, violations of the federal standard for particulate matter occurred, requiring the creation of this Luna County Natural Events Action Plan to avoid nonattainment.

 Natural Events Action Plan

Luna County Natural Events Action Plan – Oct. 2004


Documentation submitted to EPA for PM10 exceedances during 2003

Related Documents About Dust

NEAP Cover Letter to EPA

Presentation about the NEAP

US EPA Natural Events Policy Memo

Health effects and cautionary statements for high PM10

Federal air quality standards for particulate matter

NEAP Briefing Document

Suggested Best Available Control Measures

Particulate Pollution Information Sheet

Dust Storms and Health Brochure

La Polvareda y Su Salud – en Español

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