B.C. Air Quality

A Smoke Management Framework for British Columbia: A Cross-government Approach to Reducing Human Exposure to Smoke from Biomass Burning
June 2011

The B.C. Smoke Management Framework outlines and describes a cross-government approach to reduce human exposure to smoke from biomass burning (i.e. wood smoke). Biomass smoke is a significant contributor to air pollution including fine particulate matter, which has known human health effects. This framework does not introduce any new policy or regulatory requirements; rather it compiles and unifies existing smoke management measures into one cohesive framework. The framework was produced by Ministry of Environment with the assistance of the Ministries of Agriculture; Energy and Mines; and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
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