Dust Control

Fugitive PM10 Management Plans

A Fugitive PM10 Management Plan (FPMP) may be implemented as a compliance alternative to the compliance requirements, including stabilized surface requirements and the visible dust emissions (VDE) standard, applicable to unpaved roads and traffic areas, as stipulated in Rule 8061 (Unpaved Roads) and Rule 8081 (Agricultural Operations).

The plan must demonstrate that it is designed to achieve 50% control efficiency and must be implemented on all days that traffic exceeds, or is expected to exceed, the thresholds for the number of annual average daily vehicle trips (this document summarizes these thresholds) or vehicle trips per day as specified in the applicable rules (8061, 8071, 8081).

Recordkeeping Requirements

Owners and operators are required to maintain records and other supporting documents to demonstrate compliance when Fugitive Dust Control measures are implemented. The District has compiled a packet of applicable record keeping forms for your use. These records are to be retained for a minimum of one(1) year, except for measures implemented at Title V stationary sources, where records must be retained for five(5) years.

Non-Agricultural Sites

Management plans for non-agricultural sites must be submitted to the District for approval. The approved plan remains active until the District notifies the owner or operator that it is no longer valid or the owner/operator notifies the District that plan implementation has been permanently discontinued and a copy of the plan must be retained at the operators' place of business and be available for inspection by District staff for inspection.

FPMPs do not satisfy the requirements applicable to Construction Projects

FPMPs are not acceptable for unpaved roads/traffic areas at construction projects. A Dust Control Plan may be required, depending on project scope and size, per Rule 8021. More information is available on the Dust Control Plan page.

Send the proposed plan to:
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Compliance Division
1990 E Gettysburg Ave
Fresno, CA 93726

Agricultural Sites

The plan must be submitted to the San Joaquin Valley Region of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts(RCD)

  • The RCD will evaluate the plan and verify that the proposed measures meet the guidance and criteria established by the District.
  • The FPMP is not in effect until the owner or operator receives written notice from the RCD that the plan has been "verified".
  • The RCD will forward the verified plan to the SJVAPCD.
  • The RCD does not accept any liability or responsibility for implementation (or lack thereof) of the FPMP proposed by the grower and is not responsible for determining compliance in the field.
  • The agricultural operator is responsible for implementing the verified FPMP on all days when traffic exceeds or is expected to exceed, the applicable thresholds defined in Rule 8081.
  • Failure to comply with the provisions of the verified FPMP is a violation of Rule 8081.
  • The FPMP remains valid until the District notifies the grower or RCD that the plan needs to be revised, or until the grower notifies the RCD that implementation has been permenantly discontinued.
Standards and Requirements

Stabilized Surface Requirements

A stabilized surface is a treated surface that is resistant to wind effects. This requirement applies to vacant open areas that have previously been disturbed, unpaved roads and traffic areas, and outdoor bulk storage piles. Methods for creating and maintaining a stabilized surface may include applying chemical or organic stabilizers, road-mix or paving materials, vegetative materials, or water for soaking the soil or forming a visible crust. The test methods and applicable standards for determining whether a surface is stable are found in Section 6.1 and Appendix B of Rule 8011

Visible Dust Emissions Standard

Visible dust emissions(VDE) may not exceed 20% opacity during periods when soil or other dust-producing materials are being disturbed by vehicles or equipment. "Opacity" is a visual evaluation of the amount of one's view that is obstructed by a dust plume. The VDE limit applies to construction sites, handling and storage of bulk materials, and to unpaved roads and traffic areas. Test methods for determining compliance with the VDE limit are found in Appendix A of District Rule 8011.