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

Fugitive Dust Control Techniques


There are a wide variety of dust control techniques in use today, and they are specific to the source of the dust, whether it is an unpaved road, or equipment such as rock crushers, conveyors or drop points, or silos for cement. The following documents and list show the currently used and available commercial products for dust control from these sources.

Information and Guidance Documents for Dust Control –

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln provided the articles on windbreaks:

Both chemical and water based dust suppressants are commonly used by industry and include:

  • Petroleum-based Emulsions
  • Vegetable-based Emulsions
  • Salts such as Magnesium Chloride
  • Polymers
  • Surfactants
  • Foams for Dust Control
  • Lignon Sulfonates
  • Windscreens
  • Fibers, Mulches and Geotextiles for Erosion Control
  • Water Sprays and Dry Fog Systems
  • Revegetation and Land Restoration Techniques

Dust control websites and consulting businesses can provide detailed information about these products and techniques, and what would be the most appropriate to control your dust source.

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