Air Quality Advisories
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NOTICE- Planned Outage of Air Quality Monitor:
May 20, 2015: The instrument which measures fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at the Federal Station in Downtown Kamloops will be calibrated this coming weekend. The procedure will last for a period of 72 hours starting Friday afternoon (22nd May) through to Monday afternoon (25th May). During this time PM2.5 readings for Kamloops will not be publicly available on this site. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) for Kamloops will also be unavailable during this period. However the forecast AQHI for Kamloops will continue to be available. Another PM2.5 monitor operates in the airshed, but is not reported on this site. This monitor will be used by Ministry staff during the calibration to monitor PM2.5 levels.
Province Adopted Interim Ambient Air Quality Objectives
April 7, 2015: The Province has adopted interim one-hour ambient air quality objectives of 100 ppb for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 75 ppb for sulphur dioxide (SO2). The Province retains the use of the national annual NO2 objective of 32 ppb. The interim objectives will be applied to decisions on new and expanding industrial facilities in B.C. This includes authorizations under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) made after October 20, 2014, but excludes existing facilities and applications for EMA authorizations made on or prior to that date.
An implementation guide has been prepared to provide guidance on how the new interim objectives are to be applied. The Dispersion Modelling Guidance for 1-hour NO2 and SO2 Interim Ambient Air Quality Objectives is also available to provide guidance when comparing modelled concentrations to the new 1-hour interim objectives.
Read air quality objectives in B.C. for more information.
Updated British Columbia Air Quality Bylaw Inventory
April 27, 2015: The Ministry of Environment has completed an update of the 2011 Inventory of Air Quality Bylaws in British Columbia. This inventory serves as a resource for municipalities and regional districts to create or further develop bylaws related to improving local air quality. These bylaws are important tools to address local air quality issues such as wood smoke or vehicle emissions, both of which can pose a health risk to citizens.
Read the British Columbia Air Quality Bylaw Inventory 2015.
Wildfire Smoke Forecasts for the 2015 Season
April 7, 2015: Wildfire smoke forecasts for Western Canada and Eastern Canada have resumed for the 2015 Wildfire season. For more information on these systems visit BlueSky Western Canada and BlueSky Eastern Canada.
New Funding for the Woodstove Exchange Program
July 24, 2014:
In celebration of Clean Air Day, the BC government announced new funding for the popular Woodstove Exchange Program. Proposals are now being accepted from communities that would like to run an exchange program in 2014/2015. Details on applying to participate in the program can be found here.
New Web Pages Highlight Air Monitoring in Northeastern B.C.
Feb. 24, 2014: Learn about the North East Air Monitoring Project, a partnership between the provincial government, the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the oil and gas industry, and view the latest air quality readings for the region.