Air Quality in Prince George Summary Report (June 2016)

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 considered 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)

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 (March 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.  

 

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)

 

PGAIR Pollutant Briefing Notes

These short Briefing Notes provide a snapshot of particulate matter (PM)  in the Prince George Airshed. 

Prince George Air Quality Improvement Briefing Notes 

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 achieving 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