Peace Region Air Quality Update

GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 28, 2011: PAZA is currently measuring increased fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) concentrations across the regional network due to wildfires burning in the central and northeast regions of Alberta.

With the increase in fine particulate matter readings, PAZA is measuring a “very poor” Air Quality Index from 8 am this morning at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station. The Beaverlodge station continues to measure a “poor” air quality index at this time.

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

Please contact Alberta Health Services for further information regarding public health concerns with air quality.

PAZA will continue to monitor air quality throughout the region and provide updates on any changes.

PRESS RELEASE:

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.

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.paza.ca