TO: CITY OF QUESNEL & CARIBOO REGIONAL DISTRICT BRIEFING NOTE SUBJECT: On November 28, 2012 The Quesnel Air Quality Round Table (QAQRT) held its semi-annual meeting at city hall. Updates were presented from roundtable members including: The Baker Creek Enhancement Society, Northern Health, The Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation, and Ministry of […]
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Total Reduced Sulphur A Brief Summary of Health Effects Prabjit Barn, Tom Kosatsky What is total reduced sulphur? Total reduced sulphur (TRS) is a mixture of several compounds which contain a sulphur component in the reduced form. The most common TRS compounds are: (1) hydrogen sulphide (H2S), (2) methyl mercaptan, (3) dimethyl sulphide and (4) […]
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Ground Level Ozone Ozone (O3) is a gas composed of three atoms of Oxygen. In the upper atmosphere, it occurs naturally and forms a protective layer that shields us from harmful ultraviolet rays produced by the sun (the “Ozone Layer”). Ozone does not occur naturally near the ground. At ground level, it is produced when […]
A University of BC professor and BC Lung Association researcher, Dr. Sverre Vedal, conducted a study entitled Health Effects of Inhalable Particles: Implications for British Columbia. Vedal’s study points out that “While air pollution is composed of different types of pollutants, fine particulates (or inhalable particles) are considered a greater health hazard than some higher […]
The Quesnel Airshed refers to the mass of air contained in Quesnel and the immediate surrounding communities of the Cariboo Regional District, and particularly that air mass contained and affected by the natural topographical features at the confluence of the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers. The Ministry of Environment has defined this area on the map provided. […]
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· Particulate Matter (P.M.) 2.5 is our main concern in Quesnel.
· P.M. comes from any combustion sources such as industry, vehicle emissions, woodstoves, yard waste burning, forest fires, land clearing using fire.
· In neighbourhoods outside of the airshed (see map) woodstoves, wood furnaces and yard burning are the biggest air quality health impacts.
· We have different pollutants here than they do in larger centres ( I can get more technical information for this point).
· Air Quality is getting better.