Prince George Air Quality Improvement Briefing Notes (NEW - September 2016)

Each member of PGAIR has been requested to provide an annual update on air quality improvement activities, and particularly implementation activities related to the PGAIR Phase III Plan.  Collectively these Briefing Notes help identify and share progress towards acheiving community air quality goals for PM2.5 reduction: By 2016, A 40% reduction in PM2.5 from all significant sources; A daily average not to exceed 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air; and An annual average of 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air. 

Industrial Sector Members

Canfor Pulp and Paper  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

CN Rail  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Carrier Lumber (Member representing Primary Wood Processing sector)  20122014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Columbia Bitulithic (Member representing Asphalt, Cement, and Gravel sector)  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Husky Energy  2014-1 | 2014-2 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Commercial Sector Members

Prince George Chamber of Commerce  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Governmental Sector Members

City of Prince George  20122014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Regional District of Fraser-Fort George  20122014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Northern Health  2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

University of Northern British Columbia  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Community Group and Individual Members

Fraser Basin Council Society  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Public Member (1)  2014 | 2015 | 2016

Public Member (2)  2014 | 2015 | 2016

People's Action Committee for Healthy Air - PACHA (Member representing an Environmental Society)   2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Prince George and District Medical Society  2014 | 2015 | 2016 |2017

Non-Member/Volunteer Briefing Notes 

Matthew Beckett - Bike Commuting Champion  2016

AJ Safety Centre   2014 | 2015 | 2016

Brink Forest Products  2014

The Beckett Family - Electric Vehicle Conversion 2012

Vic Steblin - A resident's approach to improving air quality 2012


Air Quality in Prince George Summary Report (June 2016)

This new report recently released by the Ministry of Environment provides an overview of pollutant trends from 1998 until the end of 2014. As the report states, many of the monitored pollutants in our community are showing trends of improvement over the long term, but there’s still work to be done.  Levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) have improved over the past 15 years due to management actions, but in recent years have been significantly impacted by hot weather and more active wildfire seasons.  Odour levels in the community (indicated by total reduced sulphur -TRS) have improved greatly since the 1960's, but have shown a slight increase in recent years.  While TRS is considedered a nuisance pollutant at these levels, it has an offensive odour that is annoying to residents and impacts community image. 


Positive Trend for Particulate Matter in the Prince George Airshed (August 2014)

Released in August 2014 by the BC Ministry of Environment, this short report provides an update on improving particulate matter levels in the airshed since the 1990's.  The key to improvement has been more effective management at the source, in particular, the phase-out of all beehive burners, increased removal of fine particulate matter from multiple industrial partners, decreased open burning, use of coarser traction material on streets in winter and improved street cleaning practices.


Prince George VOC Sampling Program Report (August 2013)

In 2011-2012, the Ministry of Environment worked in collaboration with city residents to collect ambient air samples within an odour-affected neighborhood, and analyzed the samples for 194 volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  The report from this Sampling Program provides a summary of VOCs that were measured in the outdoor air and provides recommendations for next steps.


Annual Air Quality Report for the Prince George Airshed

Published annually by the Ministry of Environment, these reports provide a technical summary of air quality data and a comparison to historical data for the Prince George Airshed.


Other Studies for the Prince George Airshed

The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Prince George residents conducts special studies of some pollutants (e.g. formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds), in addition to their routine monitoring program for the airshed.  The results of these additional monitoring studies can be found here:

Prince George Air Quality Modelling Study - Final Report (October 2010)

Source Apportionment of PM2.5 in Prince George, British Columbia (February 2008)

Final Report of the Prince George Mayor's Task Force on Air Quality Improvement (January 2008)


BC State of the Air Reports 

Published annually by the BC Lung Association, these reports provide a snapshot of current air quality across the Province and actions underway.


PGAIR Pollutant Briefing Notes

These short Briefing Notes provide a snapshot of individual pollutants in the Prince George Airshed that are being most progressively managed, and are updated annually with the most up to date information on pollutant trends towards decreasing or increasing levels.

Particulate Matter Pollutant Briefing Note - March 1, 2013 (PDF)


PGAIR Annual Operations Report

These summaries provide highlights of air quality monitoring, research, and education activities that the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable and its members have worked on during the year. 

2014/15 (PDF)

2012/13 (PDF)


Prince George Air Quality Videos

It All Adds Up! - Part 1 PGAIR Animated Video

Idling Gets You Nowhere! - Part 2 PGAIR Animated Video

Keeping the Dust Down - Part 3 PGAIR Animated Video

Air Quality Management (Part 1) - Dr. Peter Jackson, UNBC

Air Quality Management (Part 2) - Dr. Peter Jackson, UNBC

Air Quality Management (Part 3) - Dr. Peter Jackson, UNBC

Burning in the City limits of Prince George - City of Prince George

CFIS Community Radio Interview (Part 1) - Dr. Marie Hay, PACHA and PGAIR

CFIS Community Radio Interview (Part 2) - Dr. Marie Hay, PACHA and PGAIR


Event Summaries and Presentations

2011-2012 Prince George Neighborhood VOC Sampling Program - August 27, 2013, Prince George 

North Central BC Clean Air Forum - March 6-7, 2013, Prince George | Event Summary Page

Transportation Emissions Assessment - January-March, 2012, Prince George | Summary Report (PDF)


Resources for Other Communities 

Northern BC Airshed Management Committee Startup Package (PDF)

Air Quality is Everyone's Responsibility Poster | Template (.pptx)

Air Quality is Everyone's Responsibility Poster | Template (Indesign)





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