April 9-16, 2007

BC contributes $30K to Lung Association for air quality, health projects

VICTORIA, BC- The British Columbia government is contributing $30,000 to the British Columbia Lung Association to support with air quality and health-related projects. "This funding will support air quality and health-related initiatives such as the 2008 Air Quality/Health Workshop and the 2008 State of the Air Report," said Environment Minister Barry Penner. The 2008 workshop will be the fifth of its kind and will provide air quality and public health professionals the results of current research studies and their application to air quality management and public health protection. The State of the Air Report provides the public with a snapshot of current air quality across the province, the pollutants of greatest concern from the human health perspective, and the various actions underway to address these issues. The BC Lung Association's Air Quality/Health Steering Committee represents a number of agencies, including the provincial ministries of Environment and of Health, Environment Canada, Health Canada, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the Fraser Valley Regional District and the BC Centre for Disease Control. One of the committee's objectives is to advance the understanding of the health effects of air pollution, and to share this information with British Columbians.

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