B.C. Air Quality

Air Quality Advisories

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Type Location Time Status
Dust Advisory Burns Lake March 18, 2015
6:00 pm
Dust Advisory Smithers
March 18, 2015
6:00 pm

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Province Adopted Interim Ambient Air Quality Objectives

Dec 22, 2014: 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.

Read air quality objectives in B.C. for more information.

Wildfire Smoke Forecasts Will Resume in the Spring of 2015

Nov 12, 2014: Wildfire smoke forecasts for Western Canada and Eastern Canada have concluded for 2014 and will resume in the spring of 2015. For more information on these systems visit BlueSky Western Canada and BlueSky Eastern Canada.

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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.

air quality readings for northeastern B.C.

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.

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