Peace Region Air Quality Update

GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 16, 2011: PAZA is a multi stakeholder organization that monitors outdoor air quality in the south peace region. PAZA currently operates six continuous monitoring stations and 43 passive monitoring stations located throughout the region.

PAZA is monitoring the air quality readings closely with wildfires burning in our region. Over the last 24 hours we have observed a slight increase in the fine particulate matter levels late afternoon and into the evening on May 15 with the wind direction out of the east, more notably at the Smoky Heights station. With the shift in wind direction and calms winds from the west, the fine particulate matter levels have decreased over night and into this morning. We are still seeing a very slight increase in fine particulate matter across the region this hour. PAZA continues to measure “good” air quality index (AQI) readings at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station. While the Beaverlodge station is measuring a “fair” air quality index (AQI) ratings as of 9 A.M. this morning, with a few hours or “fair” rating on May 15th.

Alberta Environment summarizes effects associated with AQI index ratings as outlined below.

Please contact Alberta Health Services for further information regarding public health concerns. PASZA continues to monitor air quality throughout the region.

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Peace Airshed Zone Association (PASZA) Phone: (780) 833-4343

Box 21135 Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 6W7 Phone (780) 833-4343 1-866-764-2681 www.pasza.ca