August 15, 2005

BC invests $35K to improve air monitoring in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, BC-The British Columbia Ministry of Environment has installed $35,000 worth of new air monitoring equipment on the roof of its regional office in Prince George to determine sources of large and small particulate matter over a two-year period. This in turn will aid in the continued development of the Prince George airshed management plan by the provincial government and its partners. In addition to purchasing the new equipment, the Ministry has funded over $100,000 worth of research in the Prince George airshed, including a study on small particulate and dust which should be completed by 2007. The Prince George airshed management plan was initiated in 1998 to address concerns about fine particulate. As a long-term strategy, it is open-ended, with no specified end date. Key actions recommended so far include continued reductions in pulp mill emissions, management of road sand and dust, and selection of appropriate sites for future industrial development. The plan is being developed as a partnership involving the BC government, Environment Canada, the city of Prince George, the Northern Health Authority, the Regional District, and industry representatives.

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