June 11, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers enjoyed good air quality in 2007, according to the latest data compiled by the Department of Environment.
Environment Minister Roland Haché released the New Brunswick Air Quality Monitoring Results for 2007 today in Fredericton. The report is available online and at Department of Environment offices.
According to the report, compliance with New Brunswick air quality standards exceeded 99 per cent throughout the province in 2007, while measurements of most pollutants showed improvement over 2006.
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"I am pleased with these findings," Haché said. "Good air quality in New Brunswick can be attributed to government, industry and residents taking action to reduce pollution. These results demonstrate that New Brunswick is making progress toward environmental sustainability, which our province must ensure to become self-sufficient by 2026."
The New Brunswick Air Quality Monitoring Results for 2007 is the 11th annual report on provincial air quality released by the Department of Environment. The results came from 59 air quality monitoring sites and 13 acid rain monitoring sites.
The report provides a convenient summary of air quality results, with emphasis on standards and objectives. Long-term trend data are presented for representative sites. The report has just been made available because of the time required to compile and analyze the data.
In New Brunswick, air quality objectives for carbon monoxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2), hydrogen sulphide (H2S), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and total suspended particulates are set under the Clean Air Act. Acid rain, fine particulate, ground-level ozone, and volatile organic compounds are also monitored.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.