November 5, 2007

Mobile air quality monitoring lab hits the road in Saskatchewan

REGINA, SASK-Saskatchewan Environment Minister John Nilson recently inaugurated the province's new mobile Air Monitoring Lab. Announced earlier this year as part of the province's Green Strategy, the lab "is an important new tool to help monitor and investigate air quality issues in Saskatchewan," Nilson said. The Saskatchewan Air Monitoring Lab can be driven to various locations, where it will measure air quality and a variety of air pollutants. The mobile lab is equipped to operate with or without an electrical hook-up, allowing it to be used in remote locations. Fully winterized, the lab will be used year-round. The Saskatchewan Air Monitoring Lab will enhance the province's air quality data collection program by: sampling a broader range of sites; determining which sites should have permanent air quality monitoring stations; conducting special surveys at locations where air quality is a concern; and dealing with emergencies that pose potential air quality hazards or concerns. More information is available from Art Jones at Saskatchewan Environment, 306/787-5796, E-mail: art.jones@gov.sk.ca.

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