Dust control products can be separated into different categories: water-only, water-absorbing, petroleum-based/synthetic, and bio-based. An ideal solution for dust control, HydroExtend will also reduce maintenance and operating costs for companies, while contributing to the overall safety and environmental compliance regulations on your site.
Although efficient in minimizing dust particles, some dust suppression additives can have a negative environmental impact. Dust suppressants may eventually run off, leach into the groundwater or be carried away to surrounding areas. Magnesium chloride and calcium chloride salts are commonly used dust suppressants. Chlorides are toxic to aquatic life and impact vegetation and wildlife; there is no natural process by which chlorides are broken down, metabolized, taken up or removed from the environment. Other synthetic products can introduce potentially toxic materials.
Although efficient in minimizing dust particles, some dust suppression additives can have a negative environmental impact.
Most of these dust control additives cannot be used in cost-prohibitive or environmentally sensitive areas, so only water is used. Water can be a precious resource that may not be readily available in remote locations. Aside from this, using water as the dust control agent requires a dedicated water truck and driver.
Chemical analysis of the suppressant can determine if harmful constituents are present. The potential impact on local aquatic life is normally evaluated via toxicity testing. A standard measurement of toxicity is the LC50, or the Lethal Concentration, expressed in parts per million (ppm) that will produce a 50% mortality rate in the test group in 96 hours. The larger the concentration, the less toxic the material.
Integrity Mining and Industrial’s dust control product line HydroExtend stands apart from traditional dust control methods in the industry. By adhering to the principles of green chemistry and creating a naturally chloride- and sulfate-free product, HydroExtend lessens the use of water as dust control. This allows for a natural and environmentally safe, gentle and easy-to-use product. In fact, the HydroExtend product line has an LC50 of over 1000 L/m³, whereas the recommended dosage is as low as 5-10 L/m³.
Integrity Mining and Industrial’s dust control product line HydroExtend stands apart from traditional dust control methods in the industry.
The HydroExtend product line is sustainably produced, so your company can feel comfortable using it in the most sensitive areas. That is why we call our products “water extenders” – they lessen the amount of precious water that is needed while having the same non-toxic effect as if only water was used. HydroExtend is easily mixed into the water, requires no specialized mixing equipment and can “extend” the use of your everyday water needs. As opposed to watering every hour in arid conditions, the use of HydroExtend can bring that down to watering once a day or every other day. Unlike other dust control agents that leave behind chemical or corrosive residue, our products are simply there to extend the life of the water supply.