Particulate Pollution and how dangerous it’s for Mining Workers
Controlled explosions raise dust inside Chile's Esperanza open pit copper mine near Calama town, about 1,650 km (1,025 miles) north of Santiago, March 30, 2011. As workers prime crushing mills and tune heavy machinery in Chile's desert north, the world's only major new copper mine to be inaugurated this year hopes to cash in on what looks to be the metal's best year ever. Picture taken March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY) METALS-CESCO/COPPER

Particulate Pollution and how dangerous it’s for Mining Workers

Do you know how Dangerous Particulate Matter is for Mining Workers? PM stands for particulate matter (also called particle pollution): the term for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope

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Why should we dust control on unpaved mining roads?

Surface mining operations use large off-road haul trucks extensively to move material at mining properties. Past research, using the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emissions factors for unpaved haul roads, has shown that haul trucks generate the majority of dust emissions from surface mining sites, accounting for approximately 78%-97% of total dust emissions.

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