Webinar: Sarah Henderson (BCCDC)

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Date(s) - 2016/11/11
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Using routine monitoring data to identify British Columbia communities impacted by residential woodsmoke

Residential woodsmoke is an under-regulated source of ambient particulate matter (PM), often surpassing traffic emissions in rural communities. In the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada, many municipalities are hesitant to adopt stricter regulations for residential wood burning without empirical evidence that smoke is affecting local air quality. The objective of this study was to develop a retrospective algorithm that uses 1-hour PM concentrations and daily temperature data to identify smoky days and to to prioritise communities by smoke impacts. This information will allow stakeholder agencies to work with local governments on implementing appropriate intervention strategies for the most affected populations.



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    Edit: All wood burning appliances pollute, including new wood and pellet stoves. Replacing old wood burning appliances with new smoke-producing products is not the answer to the problem of wood burning pollution. For true clean air and public health protection to happen, the old focus on reducing wood smoke is no longer good enough. Instead the focus needs to shift toward eliminating wood burning. Wood burning always creates harmful air pollution no matter how it is done – and it should no longer be done, or permitted, in any residential/populated area where cleaner alternatives exist.

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