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Windblown Dust



Dust in the air, or particulate matter, is a type of air pollution that can be created when winds are at high speeds.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets standards for particulate pollution, and the New Mexico Environment Department is responsible for monitoring and enforcing those standards. When winds are sufficiently high and dust storms exist, dust in the air can become a serious health concern and safety issue. From the links below, you can learn about sources of windblown dust, health and safety concerns from dust, solutions to keep dust down, and some special cases in New Mexico where dust concentrations have been exceptionally high. You can also learn how the New Mexico Environment Department is considering input from stakeholders and the public in deciding on a statewide dust regulation.

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