Progress Being Made on Air Quality
Blue line reflects downward trend of PM 2.5 in downtown Prince George – graph courtesy PG AIR.
Prince George, B.C. – P.G. Air Improvement roundtable is on target to reach its goal of a 40% reduction in fine particulates from the Prince George airshed by the end of 2016.
PG AIR Executive Director Terry Robert says there have been significant gains in air quality improvement . Levels of PM 2.5, the fine particulate, which is most detrimental to health, have dropped significantly since 1998 and are now well below the Provincial objective for maximum.
Robert says there has been a great deal of positive work done by industry when it comes to reducing emissions, and by the City and Ministry of Transportation when it comes to successful street sweeping practices, but, there is still work needed to be done when it comes to sweeping of private parking lots and in the area of transportation.
He says there are some things which cannot be controlled, such as wildfires. The chart above shows a spike in 2010 and again in 2012 and 2013 all due to forest fires in the region.
Robert said there is the matter of sulphur that has to be addressed. He said while the amounts of sulphur do not pose a health threat to individuals, they do pose a threat to the health of the community as the odour reinforces a bad air quality image of Prince George.