Prince George Receives Wood Stove Exchange Program Dollars
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government is ramping up efforts to help improve air quality in the province, including in Prince George.
Today Victoria announced that Prince George is among 14 communities/regional districts to receive funding via the Wood Stove Exchange Program.
The government is providing $190,000 province-wide. The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable will receive $13,900.
The money comes as many British Columbians are firing up their old wood stoves as the cold, winter nights continue through the winter.
“Unfortunately, this leads to increased air pollution and air quality advisories as the smoke may be trapped near the ground in this type of weather,” reads a news release from the Ministry of Environment. “This results in certain areas of the province seeing more air quality advisories in colder months.”
Prince George, Vanderhoof, Valemount and Houston were all under air quality advisories earlier this month (see previous story here).
The program provides a $250 rebate when a new wood-burning, pellet or natural gas stove is bought to replace an older model.
The ministry says the newer units burn one-third less wood and reduce smoke and particulates entering the atmosphere by 70 per cent or more.
Last year nearly 600 stoves were exchanged throughout the province.