Fugitive PM10 Management Plan


Required Information


Record Keeping


Where to Submit Fugitive PM10 Management Plans


Additional Information





Regulation VIII specifies two general control methods for controlling fugitive dust: (1) limit Visible Dust Emissions and (2) maintain a stabilized surface:


·         Visible Dust Emissions (VDE):  Visible dust emissions may not exceed 20 percent opacity during periods when soil or other dust-producing materials are being disturbed by vehicles, equipment, or the forces of wind.  “Opacity” is a visual evaluation of the amount of one’s view that is obscured by a dust plume.  The VDE limit applies to construction sites, the 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 Rule 8011 (General Requirements).


·         Stabilized Surface: 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.


For unpaved roads and unpaved traffic areas, a Fugitive PM10 Management Plan (FPMP) may be implemented as a compliance alternative to the Visible Dust Emission standard and the requirement to maintain a stabilized unpaved road surface, per section 7.0 of Rule 8011 and section 7.0 of Rule 8081 (Agricultural Sources).  The FPMP identifies the control measures to be implemented whenever vehicular traffic reaches and exceeds the applicable thresholds described in section 4.1 of Rule 8061 (Paved and Unpaved Roads), section 4.1 of Rule 8071 (Unpaved Vehicle/Equipment Traffic Areas), and sections 4.4 and 4.7 of Rule 8081.  Acceptable control measures are those that have demonstrated to achieve at least 50 percent PM10 control efficiency when properly applied to an unpaved surface.


A FPMP may not be prepared for unpaved roads and traffic areas at construction projects.  Unpaved haul roads, access roads, and traffic areas at construction sites are subject to the requirements of Rule 8021 (Construction, Demolition, Excavation, Extraction, and Other Earthmoving Activities).  For larger construction projects, a Dust Control Plan submitted in accordance with section 6.3 of Rule 8021 will describe the fugitive dust control measures to be implemented before, during, and after any dust generating activity at the construction site, including on unpaved haul roads, access roads, and traffic areas.  Construction activities may not commence until the District has approved or conditionally approved the Dust Control Plan for that project.


A FPMP may not be used in lieu of a Conservation Management Practice (CMP) Plan for agricultural sources subject to Rule 4550 (Conservation Management Practices).  The purpose of the CMP program is to reduce emissions through the implementation of a variety of agricultural practices.  For unpaved roads and traffic areas, the CMPs are actually Regulation VIII control measures for stabilizing unpaved road surfaces and reducing visible dust and PM10 emissions.  However, the minimum thresholds for implementing a CMP on unpaved roads and traffic areas is far below the Rule 8081 thresholds, which means that the CMP control measures must be applied to those unpaved areas with fewer vehicle trips.


Non-agricultural sources choosing to implement a FPMP are required to submit a plan to the District for approval.  Once approved, the owner or operator is required to implement the District-approved FPMP on all days where traffic exceeds the applicable minimum thresholds.  Failing to comply with the provisions of the District-approved FPMP is a violation of Rule 8011.  An approved plan remains active until the District notifies the owner or operator that it is no longer valid, or until the owner or operator notifies the District that plan implementation has been permanently discontinued.


Agricultural sources opting to implement a FPMP are to submit a proposed plan to the San Joaquin Valley Region of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (RCD).  The RCD will evaluate and verify whether the proposed plan meets the guidance and criteria established by the District.  The FPMP is not in effect until the grower (owner or operator) receives written notice from the RCD that the plan has been “verified”.  The RCD will forward the verified plans to the District.  The grower must implement the verified FPMP on all days when vehicle traffic exceeds, or is expected to exceed, the applicable minimum thresholds defined in Rule 8081.  Failing to comply with the provisions of the verified FPMP is a violation of Rule 8081.  The plan remains valid until the District notifies the grower or RCD that plan needs to be revised, or until the grower notifies the RCD that implementation has been permanently discontinued.


The RCD does not accept any liability or responsibility for implementation or lack thereof of the control methods proposed by the grower and is not responsible for determining compliance in the field.  The role of the RCD is to verify that the plan meets the guidance and criteria established by the District per Rule 8081.  Plan implementation is the responsibility of the owner or operator.  Determining compliance remains solely within the jurisdiction of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.


A FPMP may be submitted as an original document or on a District-approved form, such as the FPMP template.  A single FPMP may cover multiple unpaved roads and traffic areas.  The District has the prerogative to invalidate a previously approved or RCD-verified FPMP if it is determined that the plan is insufficient to meet the 50 percent PM10 control standard.  Upon such notice, the owner or operator would either revise and resubmit the FPMP or comply with the VDE and stabilized unpaved surface requirements, when applicable.


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The FPMP must include the following information:


  1. The names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons responsible for the preparation, submittal, and implementation of the FPMP, and of the persons responsible for the unpaved road or traffic area.


  1. A plot plan or map showing the location of each unpaved road or traffic area to be covered by the FPMP, the total length in miles of unpaved roads, and the total area in acres of unpaved traffic areas that will be subject to the plan.


  1. The months (and weeks, if known) of the year when vehicle traffic is expected to exceed the minimum thresholds described in the applicable rules, and the types of vehicles (i.e. passenger vehicles, trucks, mobile equipment, etc.)


  1. The control methodologies to be applied, including:


    1. Product specifications;
    2. Manufacturer’s usage instructions (method, frequency, and intensity of application);
    3. Application equipment (type, number, and capacity); and,
    4. Environmental impact information and approvals or certificates related to appropriate and safe use for ground application.


  1. The condition of the treated surfaces to be achieved as a result of the use of suppressants or other dust control material.


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Record Keeping


Section 6.2 of Rule 8011 and section 6.2 of Rule 8081 also require owners and operators to maintain records and any other supporting documents to demonstrate compliance for those days when control measures were implemented.  Records are to include the type of control measure implemented, the location and extent of coverage, and the date, amount and frequency of applying dust suppressants.


Record keeping forms developed by the District or a facsimile that provides the necessary information may be used for record keeping purposes.  Records are to be kept for a minimum of one year following termination of dust generating activities.  Title V stationary sources subject to Rule 2520 (Federally Mandated Operating Permits) are required to keep the records for a minimum of five years.  Records must be made available to the District inspector upon request.


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Where to Submit Fugitive PM10 Management Plans


For non-agricultural sources, please submit your FPMP to:


Mr. Daniel Martinez, Supervising Air Quality Inspector

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

1990 E Gettysburg Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726

(559) 230-5950




For agricultural sources, please submit your FPMP to:


Mr. Johnnie Siliznoff

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

4974 E 1907 N Gateway Blvd, Suite 101

Fresno, CA  93727

(559) 252-2191



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Additional Information:


·         Fugitive PM10 Management Plan Template

·         Record keeping forms


·         Products Available for Controlling PM10 Emissions

·         Dust Control Plan

·         Conservation Management Practices

·         List of Conservation Management Practices



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