This is an important ordinance to follow. The overall intent is to control dust from leaving construction sites in order to protect the public health.
The primary means to control dust is by using water to prevent the dust from becoming airborne. This process is currently applied to specific sites on an open site such as when demolition occurs. There are several complicating factors to controlling dust on an entire site that need to be addressed. Some of those are as follows:
1 – Water might not be available for six months on new green field development plats that require road and utility installation. These sites have the potential to create the most dust. Will they be exempt?
2 – Contractors might not have enough tanker trucks for each active site. Will they be required to purchase enough tankers to have one on every site? How will that be paid for?
3 – Applying water to an entire site, multiple times per day is impractical, unfeasible and costly. Will contractors be provided subsidies for the potentially exorbitant cost of wetting down an entire site? Paying for thousands of gallons of water on each site is not currently budgeted for
4 – If too much water is applied, a ticket could be issued for tracking mud off site. Will exemptions be granted?
5 – What if two different contractors have sites in close proximity to each other. How will dust from one site be differentiated?
The ordinance is working through various committees at this time, and it scheduled to return to Common Council on July 18.
You can view the draft ordinance here: