June 2, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Air quality standards exceeded 99 per cent throughout the province in 2008 according to the latest data compiled by the Department of Environment.
Environment Minister Rick Miles released the New Brunswick Air Quality Monitoring Results for 2008 today in Fredericton.
"Good air quality in New Brunswick can be attributed to government, industry and residents taking action," said Miles. "Our results in the industrial and commercial sectors are evidence that New Brunswick companies are making efforts to reduce emissions and promote environmental sustainability."
The 2008 results comprise the 12th annual report on provincial air quality released by the Department of Environment. The report summarizes results from 57 air quality monitoring sites and 13 acid rain monitoring sites.
The report is intended to provide the public with a convenient summary of air quality results, with emphasis on air quality assessment in relation to existing air quality standards and objectives. Long-term trend data are also presented for representative sites.
"I am pleased to release this report on Clean Air Day," said Miles. "Clean Air Day presents the opportunity to make simple changes and reduce our personal emissions, which will lead to a greener province."
In New Brunswick, air quality objectives for carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitrogen dioxide, and total suspended particulates are set under the Clean Air Act. Acid rain, fine particulates, ground-level ozone and VOCs are also monitored.
Copies of the report are available from Department of Environment offices and on the department's website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.