Property owners are responsible for controlling dust from their property according to the Washington Administrative Code 173-400-040 paragraph 9.
Fugitive Dust Policy
In 1995, the Clean Air Agency established a committee to determine a policy for the enforcement of dust regulations in the urban areas. Dust that moves off of property and impacts others is called “fugitive dust” and is regulated by state law. The committee was composed of community members including health officials, agriculture, construction industry, government officials, and other community members. The final draft of the policy was put into effect in June 1996.
A copy of the Urban Fugitive Dust Policy PDF is available here
Dust Control Guidelines
Reasonable Control Measures for many situations listed below can be found here:
- construction and demolition
- managing vacant lots
- piles of material
- hauled material
- California AIr Quality Resources Board (CARB) List of Measures to Reduce PM10 and PM2.5
- USDA Dust Palliatve Selection and Application Guide
Dust Control Plans
The BCAA also has guidelines and forms for submitting a dust control plan (PDF DOC). Although we typically do not require dust control plans, these guidelines are useful for planning so that your project does not create a dust nuisance. BCAA can assist you with dust control strategies and plans.
Warning Letters and Notices of Violation
If you have received a warning letter or Notice of Violation, it most likely is a result of a complaint or complaints from neighbors or other individuals.
Please click here for more information on what to do if you have received either document.