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Regional Air Quality

Monitoring results continue to show that the region’s overall air quality compares very well to other regions of Canada.

According to the Government of Alberta, the oil sands region is the most heavily monitored area in the province. Air quality is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA).

WBEA is a multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit, science-based organization that independently monitors air quality and terrestrial environmental effects in the region. It is headquartered in Fort McMurray and compromises environmental non-government organizations, First Nations, government, health agencies and industry.

Monitoring results continue to show that the region’s overall air quality compares very well to other regions of Canada, and better than cities such as Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. The association notes that odours are the most common concern from residents, but occurrences have been decreasing.

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Air Quality Health Index

Charts depict the percent of 2012 hourly AHQI values within each of the four risk categories – low, moderate, high and very high – calculated for three local WBEA stations, as well as an Edmonton station for comparison. Visit www.wbea.org for complete details on pollutants measured by AQHI.