Until 1989 when it was banned, waste oil was the most popular dust suppressant used on roads in Ontario because it was seen as the least expensive and most effective. This study was conducted to identify locations in Ontario where virgin oil or petroleum products are the only technically and cost effective method of dust suppression; to carry out a field test of the effectiveness of virgin oil as a dust suppressant; to define a set of review parameters that can be used to evaluate the environmental impacts and technical effectiveness of dust suppressants; and to provide review parameter information for the traditional dust suppressants used. The study involved a telephone survey of Ontario dust suppressant users, applicators, suppliers, and manufacturers; a literature review and a telephone survey on non-traditional dust suppressants; a literature search for information on the technical effectiveness and environmental impacts of traditional dust suppressants; aquatic toxicity testing of traditional materials; a review of background levels, guidelines, and objectives for the contaminants detected in traditional materials; and a literature search for information on the toxic and sub-lethal effects of traditional dust suppressants and significant contaminants.

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    Toronto, Ontario  Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

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  • Pagination: 152 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00669207
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0777815559
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 1994 12:00AM