B.C. Air Quality

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Report on Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in Lavington, B.C.

February 16, 2016 A report on Fine Particulate Matter in Lavington, B.C. was released on February 2, 2016. Read the full report.

Updated British Columbia Air Quality Dispersion Modelling Guideline

December 7, 2015: The Ministry of Environment has completed an update of the British Columbia Air Quality Dispersion Modelling Guideline. The Guideline helps ensure that dispersion modelling studies developed for the ministry are appropriate for regulatory application in the province. The use of the new Guideline is required for new projects or existing projects without approved detailed model plans.

Access the updated British Columbia Air Quality Dispersion Modelling Guideline document (PDF) here.

Policy Update on the Wood Stove Regulation

October 14, 2015: The Ministry of Environment has released a policy update outlining proposed changes to the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (SFBDAR). The proposed changes are designed to ensure that only clean burning wood stoves and other wood burning appliances are sold in B.C.

The ministry is inviting comment on the proposed changes. Find out more here.

Visual Air Quality Rating available at Clear Air BC

A new index called the Visual Air Quality Rating (VAQR) is now available on the Clear Air BC website. The VAQR is a tool that quantifies “visual air quality”, which refers to the impact of air pollution on scenic views. The VAQR was developed by the BC Visibility Coordinating Committee, a multi-agency team that includes Environment Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley Regional District. The Clear Air BC website is operated by Metro Vancouver, who issued the following press release announcing the launch of the VAQR. The Clear Air BC website provides additional information on the issue of visual air quality and on the VAQR.

Evaluation of the Wood Stove Exchange Program

September 16, 2015: The Ministry of Environment commissioned an independent evaluation of the B.C. Wood Stove Exchange Program (WSEP). The evaluation reports on the achievements of the program over the period 2008-2014 and provides recommendations for possible improvements to the program. The WSEP aims to encourage the replacement of smoky old wood stoves with cleaner burning alternatives and to educate British Columbians on cleaner wood-burning practices. Over seven years of operation it has supported the replacement of over 6000 old stoves.

Read the Evaluation Report.