Thursday, December 5, 2013
FVRD cites Hope as a 'Hot Spot'
Released by the FVRD
round-level ozone has steadily been increasing in the province over the last 20 years and Hope is the provincial hot spot. High ozone levels are also found in Abbotsford and Chilliwack despite reduction of emissions precursorsą, which are those chemicals found in gasoline vapors, vehicle exhaust or in chemically laden industrial facilities.
"A recent press release on
behalf of Honeywell Air Purifiers, about air quality improvement in
the Fraser Valley is gravely misleading. Over the last two decades,
air quality in the Fraser Valley has improved-in some
measurements-but going from a C- to a C grade tells me we have a
long way to go before our air quality is in the A grade range," said
Sharon Gaetz, Chair, Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) in a
release on Thursday. "Any increase in emissions of air contaminants
in the fragile Fraser Valley airshed from an additional incinerator,
as proposed by Metro Vancouver, or other sources, will significantly
undermine air quality improvements in the Fraser Valley, and further
exacerbate the ongoing challenge with reducing ozone levels."
For more information about the FVRD, visit www.fvrd.bc.ca
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