Government unveiled a new air-quality monitoring station and updated Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Canada mobile app as part of commitment to cleaning up Alberta’s air at St. Albert Clean Air Day event.
In partnership with the City of St. Albert, the Alberta government unveiled its first air-quality monitoring station in that city. Consistent, long-term ambient monitoring is the core of Alberta’s air-quality program, which involves monitoring at strategically located, permanent stations.
“It’s an honour to celebrate Clean Air Day with our partners in the City of St. Albert. The new monitoring station will provide a more accurate picture of air quality in the area. As part of our Climate Leadership Plan, we will significantly improve air quality and improve the health of Albertans by phasing out emissions from coal-fired electricity generation by 2030.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate Clean Air Day and the launch of the Air Quality Monitoring Station. It has been a long time priority for Council and a goal of our Environmental Master Plan. It will give the community a better understanding of our environmental health and access to real time information on air quality.”
Air pollutants created by coal-fired electricity generation have been linked to health conditions including:
- chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- heart disease, including chest pain and congestive heart failure
- stroke and diabetes
Improving air quality will protect Albertans’ health, can save millions of dollars in health-care costs and should improve productivity.
Part of the design of the provincial air-quality network includes having a station in every large community in the province.
A new Canada-wide version of the AQHI app has been launched to provide consistent air-quality information to all Canadians.
The AQHI app has been useful for Albertans affected by the wildfires in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to gauge air quality conditions and help guide re-entry decisions based on individual health concerns.
The app uses a 10-point scale to help Albertans gauge air quality in relation to health concerns. It is available for Apple and Android devices.